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World Cup Semi Final Betting – Argentina, Germany, Holland And Spain Set Sights On Semis

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/16/2010 4:51:12 PM
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By now, online betting players have been able to see every country taking part in the World Cup, so of course, it’s time to make picks for the semifinals, right?  Here are the four teams that we think will make it to the World Cup’s version of the Final Four.

Argentina vs. Germany

Neither team played particularly well in their opening match, but they’ll shrug it off to make it to the final four.  Lionel Messi was actually the best player on the pitch during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Nigeria, and while he didn’t score, he saw a lot of the ball and created chances for himself and his teammates.  Argentina has an insane amount of talent up front in Messi, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Diego Milito, wingers who can make a difference in Angel Di Maria and Maxi Rodriguez, a playmaking midfielder in Juan Sebastien Veron, and a player who can play the holding role in captain Javier Mascherano.  The defense is well marshaled by Walter Samuel, and Gabriel Heinze even scored against Nigeria.  The lineup you saw against the Nigerians is pretty much what World Cup betting players are going to see all month, but the key to everything is manager Diego Maradona, who may not be the nutcase everyone thinks he is (as a manager, anyway, as a person, we’re all correct on that).

Germany put on the best performance of the opening volley of games in their 4-0 rout of Australia, and they had the game well in control by the time the Aussies went down to 10 men.  Germany has their share of attacking players in Lukas Podolski, Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, who was second at the 2002 World Cup in goals, won the Golden Boot in 2006 and is five goals behind Brazil’s Ronaldo for most goals in World Cup history.  World Cup betting players may have thought that the Germans would suffer without injured captain Michael Ballack, but it may be a blessing in disguise because now Germany is playing at a speed that we’re not sure Ballack could keep up with.  It’s also more responsibility for midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has all the tools and temperament to be a German captain at some point.

World Cup Semi Final Betting Pick: Argentina


The Netherlands vs. Spain

Holland trots out their array of attacking talent, led by midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who sets the pace of the offense with his tremendous passing.  Arjen Robben didn’t even play in the first match, and he’s another player, like Rafael Van Der Vaart, who can turn the game on its head with one move.  Mark Van Bommel and Nigel De Jong provide steel in midfield, and led by captain Giovanni Van Brockhurst, the Dutch have a better defense that they’re given credit for.  The key will be keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who is making his first tournament appearance as the No.1 guy between the sticks, but with the team in front of him, we think he’ll be fine.

Spain is just the deepest team in the tournament, and they’re finally healthy. Fernando Torres, David Villa and David Silva are an impressive trio of forwards, but Andres Iniesta, who plays both up front and in midfield, is the player that could make a huge difference if he can stay on the pitch.  No team has better central midfielders than Spain, with Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas, a defense that has played together for a while (the Barcelona duo of Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol), and captain Iker Casillas is the best of a trio of keepers that could start for anyone in the world.  The only thing that could stand in their way of getting to this point is overconfidence, and what should be a thrilling quarterfinal sports betting contest with five-time champion Brazil.

World Cup Semi Final Betting Pick: Spain

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