IT'S down to the last four and the World Cup that couldn't stop giving at the start is determined to keep taking away.
First up it's Brazil-Germany tonight followed by Argentina-Holland tomorrow and without wanting to sit on the fence it's clear both games could go either way. A draw double pays 19-2 at Paddy Power and will be popular.
However, I've already stuck my neck out and predicted Germany to reach the Final mainly due to the absence of striker star Neymar and skipper and defensive rock Thiago Silva.
I do so with some confidence but you can't write off Brazil at home. The crowd's been an ordinary teams's extra man – and officials have sometimes been a 13th player – and that's worth remembering. Plenty of people backed Chile to beat them and then Colombia to do the business but neither could handle the occasion even if Chile too the hosts to penalties.
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Brazil have lost their favourites' tag for the first time and are ranked behind Germany and Argentina in the outrights. But this World Cup is wide open and you can throw a blanket over the semi-finalists.
Look at Betfred's prices – 12-5 Argentina, 5-2 Brazil, 5-2 Germany and 7-2 Holland. If bookies can't call it how are we as mere mortal punters going to succeeed?
Neymar's injury and skipper Thiago Silva's ban has cooled interest Brazil and Germany have been cut from 11-10 to a best 10-11 (various) to qualify while Joachim Low's men are a best 9-5 with McBookie, BetVictor and Paddy Power to win in 90 minutes.
I'm loathe to write off Brazil since they're unbeaten at home in 12 years and now 42 matches. But Silva's been their best defender and Neymar provides a spark the likes of Fred and Jo don't possess.
Neymar has made or scored half of Brazil's 10 goals and without him easyodds say Paddy Power are a biggest 9-5 on a German clean sheet. Germany have kept a tournament best four clean sheets and a win to nil pays 16-5 at BetVictor and McBookie.
Germany have won their last three matches by a one-goal margin. Easyodds show best odds of 18-5 at Ladbrokes on a German win by one.
The hosts' best hope is to take it to a shootout that pays 5-1 at Betfred. Either side to win on penalties is 10-1.
Brazil have spent more time stopping opponents than dazzling them and like most of the knockout matches this looks an unders affair. Under 2.5 goals is pretty short at 1-2 with Ladbrokes and others while under 1.5 goals is 7-4 at Paddy Power.
Germany's display against France was their best yet and looked more comfortable with Miroslav Klose playing in a proper No.9 role. If Klose starts I'll be on him to take advantage of Silva's suspension by hitting the opener at 13-2 with McBookie.
Thomas Muller is the Germans' top scorer with four and is 7-1 at Ladbrokes to break the deadlock while centre-half Matt Hummells, who hit his second goal of the tournament against France, is 33-1 at McBookie to net first and 16-1 with bet365 at any time.
Without Neymar the man who could threaten most for Brazil is Hulk. He had several attempts against Colombia – some good, some bad – but he can hit them and is 8-1 at McBookie to open the scoring.
Germany to qualify
Germany to win
(9-5, McBookie, BetVictor, Coral)