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Fearless Fred and magic Messi in 8/1 scoring double

| 08.07.2014

Coral are offering marvellous Messi and fantastic Fred at 8/1 both to score in 90 minutes, as Argentina encounter the Netherlands, and Brazil collide with Germany, in two much anticipated semi-final clashes.

Messi, 3/1 to be World Cup top scorer, has an impressive tournament record of four goals in five games so far, but will be aiming to add to his tally against the Netherlands, who Argentina are 13/10 to beat.

After dazzling the Belgium defence in La Albiceleste’s quarter-final clash, magician Messi is 20/1 to hit a hat-trick against Germany, and 4/1 to fire home first for his nation.

In the likely absence of fellow superstars Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, the Barcelona forward, 2/1 to score two or more, will be Argentina’s main attacking outlet along with Gonzalo Higuain.

Since the start of 2012, the Barca forward has been on target 23 times in 24 caps. All positive play goes through Messi, and at this World Cup he has been directly involved in five of Argentina’s eight goals.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies, and will be keen to add the World Cup, which La Albiceleste are 9/4 to win, to his incredible collection.

Brazil forward Fred, 7/1 to score first for the Samba Boys, or 40/1 to hit a hat-trick, will take the lead up front following Neymar’s untimely injury.

Still surrounded by the exciting attacking quality of the likes of Bernard, Hulk, Oscar and Willian, Brazil’s potent poacher should expect to add to his tally of 18 goals in 38 caps.

Having netted against Cameroon in the group stage, Fred, 11/1 to score two or more, saves his best form for the big games, with eight of his 18 international goals arriving in tournaments.

Phil Scolari also seems to have the magic touch with the Fluminense frontman, as the striker has been on target 11 times in 20 caps under the former Chelsea manager.

Fred will be hoping his fantastic record for the Samba Boys is set to continue, with Brazil 17/10 to beat Germany in 90 minutes to reach the final, and 5/2 to win the trophy in sensational style on home soil.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.