Try out Coral’s tremendous tricast offers as World Cup finale looms
With the end of the World Cup approaching, Coral continue their fantastic form by offering a series of tricasts on what looks set to be a tight finish to the tournament. Here are our picks of the bunch:
Back Argentina to emerge victorious after starring in an exhilarating all-South American final against bitter rivals Brazil. La Albiceleste, 9/4 to win the World Cup in their neighbours’ backyard, have the edge thanks to the fantastic form of magical Lionel Messi, who is 3/1 to be tournament top scorer.
Brazil, buoyed by their home fans, would see anything other than victory as a disaster. However, whilst the exciting attacking talents of Hulk, Oscar and Willian should see them reach through to the semis, which they are odds-on at 10/11 to qualify for, they may miss the spark of Neymar and fall at the final hurdle.
Efficient but unspectacular Germany could also snatch third spot from Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands, who needed penalties to push past Costa Rica in the quarter-finals.
Brazil, yet to be beaten so far in the tournament, are a smart bet at 13/5 to lift the World Cup on home soil. Nothing would excite the nation more than a frenetic final clash with Argentina, who may be too reliant on maestro Messi to secure the silverware for themselves.
Phil Scolari’s Samba Boys have so far enjoyed the form of champions, scraping some lucky results, and nothing would be sweeter than to finally hit top form against La Albiceleste.
A third place finish would be fitting for the Netherlands, who could secure bronze after netting 12 goals so far in Brazil. The poaching powers of Robin van Persie and the rapid pace of Arjen Robben may not be strong enough to see them qualify for the final at the expense of Argentina, with so much South American pride at stake.
The Netherlands and Germany can upset the apple cart and make the final an all-European affair, in what would be a truly compelling grudge match. Louis van Gaal is 7/2 to lift the World Cup trophy in his curtain call as Clockwork Orange coach, with his tactical nous and boldness potentially proving too much for Joachim Low.
German sharpshooter’s Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose could fire Germany into their sixth World Cup final. Die Mannschaft, almost at full strength, would certainly be capable of overpowering the hosts in the semis, who will be missing two of their most important players in Neymar and skipper Thiago Silva.
An encounter between Brazil and Argentina would be a scintillating third place play-off, almost a second final in itself, but disappointment of failing to reach the last stage could see the Samba Boys struggle to rise to the occasion.