Semi-Finals Betting Tips, Odds and Preview
Winner Quarter-Final 1 v Winner Quarter-Final 2 – 11 July, 4am – Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Winner Quarter Final 3 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – 12 July, 4am – Luzhniki Stadium Moscow
Possible Match Ups
The semi-finals of the World Cup have served up some of the most memorable matches in soccer history. They’re not always classics though as players, managers and even fans find the pressure too much on the day.
The 2018 World Cup should at least provide the platform for some excellent semi-finals given the quality of the teams on display in Russia. The competitive nature of the tournament means you can’t write off the possibility of a team springing a surprise and making it through to the final four but the most likely semi-finals will be France versus Brazil and Spain versus Germany.
Betting Odds for the Semi-Finals
The four teams mentioned above (France, Brazil, Spain and Germany) are the favourites with the bookies to book a place in the semi-finals. We wouldn’t put you off backing any of those teams given their depth of talent but the chances of them all making it are very slim as things do not always go to plan under the pressure of the World Cup.
Of the four, France look the most vulnerable. It’s not that they are lacking in talent, far from it. It’s just that Didier Deschamps has made some strange decisions in his time as France manager and they look a side capable of making a hash of things. In France’s place, consider betting on Uruguay for a place in the semi-finals as their strike partnership of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez is good enough to fire them through to the biggest matches of the tournament.
Providing Germany and Brazil win their groups as is expected, the 2018 World Cup draw will keep them apart until the final in Moscow. Brazil fans will be very happy with that given the scars that their last semi-final meeting has left.
Brazil had survived some scares in their run to the semi-finals in 2014 but there was no sign of the humiliation that awaited them in Belo Horizonte. The Brazil defence disintegrated in a crazy opening 26 minutes that saw Germany race to a 4-0 lead. As the fans watched on in shock, Germany kept control of the game and added a fifth before half-time. By the time Oscar scored a very late consolation, Brazil’s spirits had been crushed and they exited the World Cup of which they were hosts 7-1.