World Cup Semi Final 2 – Germany v Spain
This mouth-watering semi-final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is a repeat of the Euro 2008 Final in which Torres struck the only goal of the game to give Spain their first major title for 44 years. If you think Germany might turn that scoreline around, bear in mind that Totesport are pledging to refund all losing correct score bets if Germany win the match 1-0.
Torres has so far failed to shine in South Africa, being overshadowed by the tournament’s leading scorer and arguably brightest star David Villa, who is a tempting 17/4 with Victor Chandler to open the scoring, compared to Torres at 6/1 (Bodog).
Germany’s outstanding demolition of Maradona’s Argentina certainly raised eyebrows. Perhaps England weren’t that bad after all … or, more likely, Germany are a powerful, dynamic side who have risen above their clichéd efficiency tag to reach a new level, giving enthralling master classes on how to punish teams on the break.
Die Mannschaft are an appetising 19/10 with William Hill to be victorious within 90 minutes, with Spain being priced as slight favourites, 13/8 with Boylesports.
For the Germans, Miroslav Klose is 13/2 with bet365 to score first. He needs just one more goal to go level with Ronaldo as all-time leading World Cup scorer. Alternatively the fleet-footed Mesut Ozil is worth considering at 14/1 with Blue Square to open the scoring.
With both teams possessing tactical prowess and control, and no little attacking flair, goals are on the cards, so you could do worse than getting on the 6/5 on offer at Sporting Bet for over 2.5 goals.
Whatever happens, this promises to be an intriguing and highly competitive contest, so if you think it is too tight to call, get on the 23/10 offered by Ladbrokes for it to be a draw after 90 minutes and get ready to enjoy the thrill of penalties. Surely the Germans can’t win another shoot-out … can they?