The World Cup has reached the quarter final stage which involves eight teams and the most likely climax to this festival of soccer is a final between Brazil and Argentina. No European side has won the World Cup in South America and the conditions should determine that the trend is not broken. The best odds from sportsbooks like Pinnacle Sports confirm this view.
Geography and location are key elements in determining the outcome of the World Cup. In seven World Cups in the Americas, Brazil have reached at least the semi-finals five times and won it three times. However, 1950 was the last time a European team failed to reach the World Cup final.
Brazil were also the hosts that year which was the last tournament at which two teams from South America contested the final. The latest betting ahead of the four matches in the last eight suggests Brazil will play Argentina in this year’s final and smart punters are backing this option.
Based on the latest odds and FIFA world rankings this is a match that Brazil should win. However, their main striker and the poster boy of the tournament, Neymar, will be under huge pressure to score the goals to unite a divided nation. He had little impact in Brazil’s previous match against Chile and the coach seemed to have few attacking alternatives.
Argentina were disappointing in their last 16 tie with Switzerland. Lionel Messi became increasingly frustrated and had few opportunities to add to his tally of four goals as he tries to win the Golden Boot, awarded to the top scorer in the World Cup, for which he has been the favourite by those that bet on sports..
However, the second best player in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo persevered had an assist in the winning goal scored by Angel di Maria of Real Madrid. The narrow win sets up a semi-final match against Belgium, a tie Argentina should win as they continue their campaign to win the World Cup for the third time.