SO now we know Sunday's World Cup Final line-up – and it should be a cracker between Germany and Argentina
Germany are the 4-5 favourites at BetVictor and McBookie and it's difficult to back against them after the way they battered Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final.
No two games are the same of course but Joachim Low's side have looked the best for most of the tournament and I tipped them as likely winners after the quarter-final matches.
Argentina, now a best 23-20 at bet365, were my antepost tip so I can't really lose having taken the Germans as my back-up bet. I'll post my World Cup Final betting preview on Saturday but it's fair to say I'll be backing the Germans to win in 90 minutes.
Thursday's all about the Europa League and I'll attempt to repeat last week's Super Single and Top Treble success on the first-leg ties.
For the treble I'm starting with Aberdeen who take a 5-0 lead to Latvians Daugava Riga. I'm not always keen on backing sides who don't need to win but Dons boss Derek McInnes says he'll put out a strong side and go for more goals.
Gothenburg let me down on the handicaps when they were surprisingly held 0-0 at home to Luxembourg Fola Esch. The Swedes recovered from that shock to hammer Helsingborgs 6-2 in the league at the weekend and having found their shooting boots should come through this tie.
Complete the treble with Shakhter Karagandy who pushed Celtic all the way in Champions League qualification last season. They beat Armenians Shirak 2-1 last week and are strong at their Kazakhstan home so should add to the lead.
The treble isn't a big payer but can be added to with Sligo to beat Banga and Honka against Sillamae Kalev to take it up to just under 4-1 at Stan James.
Shakhter Karagandy (1.30pm)
Pays £25.30 to a £10 stake at Coral