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World Cup games betting preview: The big-game goalscorer at 25/1 to strike first on Saturday night

No room for error as World Cup 2014 reaches the knock-out stages

by Sean Goff | June 28, 2014

An all South American smash-up on Saturday as we reach the business end of the World Cup.

The first game sees hosts Brazil tackle Chile with a place in the last eight at stake. And there’s no real love for the Brazilians in the win-draw-win market.

Brazil v Chile, 5pm

Despite Phil Scolari’s being 4/7 favourites – almost twice as many punters have backed Chile to win at 5/1 over the 90 minutes with the draw a 10/3 shot.

Brazil are 13/2 to qualify with extra time and Chile 20/1 while both are 14/1 with Paddy Power to qualify if we see our first penalty shoot-out.

First goalscorer

Thomas Muller and Lionel Messi head the race for the Golden Boot with Neymar and the Brazilian is 3/1 to get the first goal of the game against Chile in 90 minutes with Alexis Sanchez at 10/1 attracting interest for La Roja.

Fred and Neymar

Colombia v Uruguay, 8pm

Three convincing wins so far make Colombia the 11/10 favourites against a Luis Suarez-less Uruguay (3/1).

But Los Charrúas have a great record against their continental cousins and won three of their four qualifiers against Jose Peckerman’s side.

Nine of the 10 most popular correct score bets involves a Los Cafeteros victory with 3-1 at 18/1 the most popular bet followed by 2-1 at 17/2.

Monaco’s James Rodriguez scored in every group game and the attacking midfielder is 13/2 to score first again tonight.

Luis Suarez’s absence means Uruguay might be about as potent as a Viagra user and it could fall to Edinson Cavani to do the heavy lifting up front.

James-Rodriguez

First golascorer  

The PSG striker is at 15/2 to score first or 11/4 to score anytime but centre-back Diego Godin is on a roll in big games.

In the last month he’s scored the equaliser against Barcelona to give Atletico Madrid La Liga, scored the opener in the Champions League final against Real and got the only goal of the game v Italy that sent his country through to the last 16.

With ‘Chewy Luis’ back in Montevideo, Godin is 25/1 to score the game’s first goal or 11/1 to score at anytime over the 90 minutes.

 

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