The 2014 World Cup has seen a number of upsets, but almost all of the early favorites have made it to the tournament’s final four.
Brazil, Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands all remain in the hunt to win the championship. All four were expected to advance from their quarterfinal matches, eliminating any longshot candidates.
Before the start of the tournament, Brazil, Germany and Argentina were considered the top three teams in the field. A few European nations like Spain and France were considered to have a better chance of winning the World Cup than the Netherlands, but a trip to the semifinals for the Dutch isn’t much of a surprise, especially considering their draw to the final four included Costa Rica and a Mexico squad that struggled in CONCACAF.
Either Brazil or Germany will set a record for most appearances in a World Cup final. Both nations have reached the final game seven times. Argentina has made four finals, winning twice. The Netherlands has three trips to last game of the tournament, but the nation is still seeking its first title.
Below are the betting odds for the 2014 World Cup semifinals, couresty of Bovada.lv.
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Brazil vs. Germany (Tuesday, July 8, 4 p.m. ET)
The first final-four matchup is essentially a tossup. Once the favorites to win the World Cup, the host nation is now a slight underdog in their semifinal match following the injury to Neymar. Brazil’s odds of winning have been placed at +175, while Germany comes in at +160. The chances of a draw in regulation have been set at +230.
Brazil and Germany each have the same odds to win it all at +250.
Netherlands vs. Argentina (Wednesday, July 9, 4 p.m. ET)
Argentina is expected to move on to the finals on Sunday. Their odds of defeating the Netherlands stand at +135, while the underdogs have been given a +210 chance of moving on. The odds of extra time being needed come in at +230.
With Neymar out for the rest of the tournament, Argentina has jumped ahead of Brazil as the favorites to win the World Cup. They have +240 championship odds, while the Netherlands sit at +350.