One betting firm will be praying for Spain to make Sunday’s World Cup final.
William Hill is facing big liabilities if Joachim Low’s Germany qualify from tonight’s semi-final in the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
A thumping single bet of €75,000 in Dublin on the Germans has seen them cut from evens to 10-11 to go through, which of course includes extra time and penalties.
Even more stinging is the thought of paying out on €80,000 at 14-1 (which would win €1,120,000); and another of €100,000 at 13-2 if Germany are crowned champions.
On the other side of the coin, the same firm has taken €35,000 on Spain to win outright at 4-1 which would see one lucky ‘Billy Bunter’ collect a total return of €175,000 if they add to their European success.
For the game tonight, Germany are a generous 19-10 in 90 minutes with Spain at 6-4 although the draw at 21-10 is sure to prove popular.
Those of a more ambitious nature can have 33-1 Fernando Torres to score first and Spain to win 1-0 which is what happened their meeting in the final at Euro 2008.
Germany were supposed to struggle without Michael Ballack in their starting line-up, but instead they’ve gone from strength to strength as the tournament has progressed.
Miroslav Klose and Thomas Mueller have scored eight goals between them, four each, leaving them both one behind Spain’s David Villa and Holland’s Wesley Sneijder(5). Klose and Villa are in a personal match bet for the highest number of goals with the Spanish striker favourite at 15-8 while it’s 4-5 a tie. Klose with 14 goals is 5-2 to break Ronaldo’s record of 15.
To qualify for the final: 4-5 Spain 10-11 Germany.
To win in 90 mins: 19-10 Germany; 21-1- draw; 6-4 Spain
Win in extra time period: 9-1 Germany; 17-2 Spain
Match to go to penalty shoot-out: 9-2;
To win in penalty shoot-out: 10-1 Germany; 11-1 Spain.
Klose v Villa — goalscorer match bet (excludes extra-time and penalty shootout): 7-2 Miroslav Klose, 4-5 Tie, 15-8 David Villa.
Who will pay the penalty?: 12-1 Xabi Alonso to miss a penalty (including penalty shootout); 12-1 Lukas Podolski to miss a penalty (including penalty shootout.
Coupled scorer match bet: Excludes extra-time and penalty shootouts: 12-5 Miroslav Klose & Lukas Podolski, 5-4 Tie, 8-5 David Villa & Fernando Torres