The line up for last 8 of these 2010 World Cup finals was decided last night with Spain’s 1-0 victory over Portugal thanks to another great goal from the prolific David Villa.
Bookmakers, Coral and Ladbrokes have Spain 3/1 second favourites to lift the trophy. Having succeeded in breaking through against one of the best defences in the World Cup, they will be confident of overcoming another solid barrier in the shape of Paraguay’s defence.
David Villa scored his fourth goal of the tournament when clinching the game for Spain, he is maintaining his World Cup goal-a-game ratio and has now notched 7 goals from 7 World Cup appearances.
Ladbrokes and William Hill are offering odds of 2/1 for Villa to win the Golden Shoe. It seems difficult to imagine any team shutting out the irrepressible Spaniard and those odds look very tempting.
Inevitably, having reached the knock out stages, the ‘real’ Brazil decided to turn up. Chile had looked as good as any team in the qualifying group stages, but were comprehensively brushed aside in a 3-0 defeat to Brazil.
No surprise then to see the bookies now have Brazil clear favourites to lift the World Cup on 11th July, generally available an odds of 5/2.
First they must get beyond Netherlands, the Dutch are odds of 7/2 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes to win their quarter final game in normal time and have been solid if unspectacular in the tournament so far.
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