Quarter-Final Draw :Friday 2nd July :
- 4:00pm Netherlands v Brazil
- 8:30pm Uruguay v Ghana
Saturday 3rd July :
- 4:00pm Argentina v Germany
- 8:30pm Paraguay v Spain
(all times local South Africa, BST is -1, US ET -6, AUST +8 NZT +10)
There will then be a two day break before the semi-finals on the 6th and 7th of July, with the first two quarter-final winners meeting in the first semi-final.
Best Betting Odds For Outright Winner :Brazil 3.50 (+250) at Paddy Power
Spain 4.00 (+300) at Eurobet
Argentina 5.75 (+475) at PinnacleSports
Germany 8.00 (+700) at Bet365
Netherlands 8.50 (+750) at Victor Chandler
My view is that Spain probably have the easiest Quarter-Final matchup against Paraguay, but then may then have to beat both Argentina and Brazil in order to win the World Cup - a very tough ask for a side that does not yet look to be back to their form in 2008 when they won the European Championships.
Argentina get no favours at all with a likely run of Germany, Spain and Brazil in order to claim the title - that's also a very tough list of fixtures, and Argentina ALWAYS seem to have issues with both Germany and Brazil.
Germany and the Netherlands have done enough to progress so far - without looking like World Champions - and both sides have to play very well to get past their quarter-final opponents - and even then that might not be enough - so both teams drop out of my consideration.
So I'm left with Brazil - who should have enough in attack to get past the Netherlands - and then will be favoured by the easiest semi-final opposition of either Uruguay or Ghana.
Brazil to win it for my money then - although all five of those listed teams have a chance. What do you think ?