Predicting the Semi Finalists at the World Cup

With the countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil almost over, we at Sports News Ireland decided try our hand at predicting the final four.


The host nation has a tricky group but will be expected to get results against Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon to top Group A. They have a talented squad featuring a host of stars including the flamboyant Neymar and sharpshooter Fred, who lit up the Confederations Cup last year. Although, they haven’t tasted World Cup glory since 2002, Brazil have a great chance of winning the most coveted trophy in world football on home soil. However, they may face a difficult second round, with either Spain or the Netherlands their likely opponents if they qualify for the round of 16.


The holders of the tournament are one of the favourites to be victorious in Brazil but face stiff competition early in the Netherlands and Chile. Spain are currently going through a golden generation with players and have made winning on the international stage a habit. While many pundits feel their style of football is beginning to give way to a faster brand brought back by the Germans, as made evident by Barcelona’s poor Champions League run this year, Spain are still expected to contest for the World Cup. They will be hoping to avoid Brazil in the second round, with the likelihood of facing the South Americans in the semis.


Could this be the year Argentina finally gives Lionel Messi the one trophy missing from his cabinet? It is ridiculous that one of the greatest to ever play the game has never won the World Cup. The Argentines have a great chance of going all the way this year, with one of the strongest squads in years. Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higauin and Sergio Aguero complete a frightening strikeforce that is sure to make mincemeat of Iran’s and Nigeria’s inferior defences in the group stage. They will be looking to avoid a strong French side in the second round.


Germany are perhaps unfairly branded as perpetual chokers at the World Cup. They have been considered favourites to win the tournament at the last couple of tournaments but finished third on both occasions. They were runners-up to a Brazil team inspired by the clinical finishing of Ronaldo in 2002. If history is to repeat itself, Germany are likely to at least reach the semi final stage. They were handed a tough group featuring a dangerous Portugal side but with no teams in group H likely to give them any hassle, they should reach the Quarter finals with relative ease. After that, Argentina are possible opposition in the semis.

World Cup 2014 Winner from

Brazil 3/1

Argentina 4/1

Germany 6/1

Spain 13/2

Belgium 20/1

France 25/1

Italy 25/1

Uruguay 28/1

Portugal 28/1

England 28/1

Holland 33/1

Colombia 40/1

Chile 40/1

100/1 Bar

EW 1/2 1, 2

World Cup 2014 – Outright – Name The Finalists

Brazil/Argentina 8/1

Brazil/Spain 12/1

Argentina/Germany 14/1

Germany/Spain 18/1

Brazil/Germany 20/1

Argentina/Spain 25/1

Brazil/Belgium 25/1

Argentina/France 33/1

Brazil/Italy 33/1

Germany/Belgium 40/1

Brazil/Holland 40/1

Brazil/England 50/1

Spain/Holland 50/1

Germany/Italy 50/1

Brazil/Colombia 50/1

Spain/Belgium 50/1

Spain/Italy 50/1

Germany/France 50/1

Germany/Portugal 50/1

Brazil/France 50/1

Spain/France 50/1

Argentina/Italy 50/1

Brazil/Portugal 50/1

Brazil/Uruguay 50/1

66/1 Bar

World Cup 2014 – Outright – Winner & Top Goalscorer Double

Argentina /Lionel Messi 14/1

Brazil/Neymar 16/1

Brazil /Lionel Messi 25/1

Argentina / Sergio Aguero 33/1

Germany / Lionel Messi 40/1

Brazil / Fred 40/1

Argentina / Gonzalo Higuain 40/1

Brazil / Jo 40/1

50/1 Bar



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