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World Cup Soccer Betting Tips for Semifinal Round

The 2014 World Cup is finally down to the semifinals, with the host Brazil (+175 on the 3-way line) facing some additional challenges on Tuesday against Germany (+175) at 1 p.m. (PT) without injured star Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva in the lineup (click here to check latest World Cup soccer lines).

On Wednesday, Argentina (+140) squares off against The Netherlands (+220) at 1 p.m. in hopes of advancing to Saturday's World Cup final for the first time since 1990 in Italy, when the team finished as runner-up to West Germany four years after winning the World Cup in an identical matchup in Mexico. Brazil, Germany and Argentina are all listed as 5/2 to win the World Cup at the LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas while the Dutch are 3/1.

Here are four key questions answered by FOX Sports Soccer Betting Analyst Todd Fuhrman on the final four of the World Cup...

Q: Injuries could obviously play in huge role in determining who ends up winning the World Cup now. What is the impact of Neymar being out for Brazil and how important is Argentina's Angel Di Maria to his team? Are both teams good enough to overcome losing them and win the World Cup?

Fuhrman: Neymar is a world-class talent, but he's still not on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in terms of his value to the number. Of course Brazil will lack creativity up front now, but it's not as though they're grabbing someone from a pick-up game in Rio De Janiero to replace him.  As far as Di Maria, his loss hurts the Argentinian midfield, but there's are enough elite playmakers to overcome his absence.

Q: After a run of OVERs in the early-round games, the trend has gone the other way with a lot of UNDERs. Do you expect that trend of low-scoring games to continue in the semifinals since the teams are so evenly matched?

Fuhrman: The deeper you get into a tournament like the World Cup, the "uglier" soccer becomes. Teams look to get 1 goal and then defend like hell or using the correct soccer terminology park the bus to preserve that victory.

Q: Are these really the four best teams in the field? History seems to think so, as these teams have played in the World Cup final a combined 20 times in the last 40 years, winning 10 of 19 World Cups overall. Thoughts?

Fuhrman: I'm not sure the Dutch are 1 of the 4 best, but it's hard to argue with how they've played this tournament. They're no stranger to World Cup success, but they're notorious for being bridesmaids, never a bride. It's not shocking to see Germany, Argentina and Brazil making a deep run when you consider they were 3 of the tournament favorites (along with Spain) before the event started.

Q: What player(s) may not be big names but still could end up playing a huge role in who wins the World Cup?

Fuhrman: Goaltenders don't get enough credit for their role in this tournament. As we saw from the Dutch in their quarterfinal game against Costa Rica, it was backup Tim Krul entering just for penalty kicks that changed the game. In 2 tightly contested games like we'll see this week, it's the goalie that avoids the big mistake that puts his team in a position to advance.

Follow Todd on Twitter @ToddFuhrman and visit his website www.ToddsTake.com.

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World Cup Soccer Betting Tips for Quarterfinal Round

Many Americans are obviously very disappointed that the United States Men’s National Team will not be spending the Fourth of July preparing for a quarterfinal matchup with Argentina on Saturday in the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament. Despite a valiant effort by goalie Tim Howard, who recorded a WC record 16 saves in a 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium on Tuesday, the U.S. will instead be spectators the rest of the way.

Of course there is still plenty of exciting action remaining for soccer bettors who are looking to make money on the four quarterfinal games scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Brazil. Germany (+145 on the 3-way line) faces France (+210) in the first game on Friday that will kick off at 9 a.m. (PT) followed by Colombia (+350) vs. Brazil (-125) at 1 p.m. (click here to check latest World Cup soccer lines). Saturday will see Belgium (+250) meet Argentina (+115) at 9 a.m. and then Costa Rica (+625) takes on the Netherlands (-200) at 1 p.m. to close out the quarters.

Following is a Q&A with FOX Sports Soccer Betting Analyst Todd Fuhrman on what to look for from a betting perspective in the quarterfinal round of the World Cup…

Q: Brazil has been struggling offensively throughout the World Cup, do you think they got a wake-up call against Chile or can Colombia pull off the upset?

Fuhrman: I definitely think Brazil had their wake-up call, but through 4 matches, they've looked pretty pedestrian. Now you add in a nagging injury to Neymar, and it's a potential game-changer. Colombia's form so far this tournament is much better than Brazil and explains the support they've been attracting in the betting markets. Quietly, they've been one of the better defensive sides, and up front James Rodriguez is making a case for not only the Golden Boot but also the Golden Ball.  However, the price reflects the change in pre-tournament expectations, meaning this could be the optimal time to buy low on Brazil.

Q: What team do you think has the most betting value in terms of futures at this point of the tournament?

Fuhrman: This late in the tournament, it's hard to find a lot of value in the futures market (click here for World Cup future odds from LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas). However, Belgium has a manageable road to the final for a 12/1 shot and would be the lone side outside of the favorites worth a small investment.

Q: There has only been one game decided by more than one goal since last Saturday, do you see any reason to believe the trend of one-goal games won’t continue in the quarterfinals?

Fuhrman: When you talk about soccer at the highest level and so much at stake, teams play pretty conservative. None of these teams want to beat themselves and explains why so many games are tight right through 90 minutes. That being said, I have a weird feeling we could see a game or two decided by more than 1 goal this round.

Q: Any mismatches or games you wouldn’t touch as a bettor due to unpredictability or lack of value?

Fuhrman: The aforementioned Brazil vs. Colombia game is tough to handicap. Line value is squarely on the hosts while current form says Los Cafeteros are the side. Really believe that's a game worth watching as a fan more so than a bettor.

Q: What quarterfinal matchup are you looking forward to most and why?

Fuhrman: Argentina vs. Belgium. The Belgians won't wow you with anything they do, but they've been elite defensively all tournament long.  Now we get to see their defense put to the test against Lionel Messi so something has to give.

Follow Todd on Twitter @ToddFuhrman and visit his website www.ToddsTake.com.

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World Cup Soccer Betting Preview for Round of 16

Soccer betting experts Todd Fuhrman and Bruce Marshall break down key World Cup matchups in the Round of 16 with odds, tips and picks.

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World Cup Soccer Betting Preview for Thursday June 26

Soccer betting experts Todd Fuhrman and Bruce Marshall break down Thursday's key World Cup matchups with odds, tips and picks, including USA vs. Germany, Portugal vs. Ghana (2:30 mark in video) and Russia vs. Algeria (4:25).

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World Cup Soccer Betting Preview for Wednesday June 25

Soccer betting experts Todd Fuhrman and Bruce Marshall break down Wednesday's key World Cup matchups with odds, tips and picks, including Ecuador vs. France and Honduras vs. Switzerland (3:07 mark in video).

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World Cup Soccer Betting Preview for Sunday June 22

Soccer betting experts Todd Fuhrman and Bruce Marshall break down Sunday's key World Cup matchups with odds, tips and picks, including USA vs. Portugal and Belgium vs. Russia (3:50 mark in video).

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World Cup Soccer Betting Preview for Saturday June 21

Soccer betting experts Todd Fuhrman and Bruce Marshall break down Saturday's key World Cup matchups with odds, tips and picks, including Nigeria vs. Bosnia and Germany vs. Ghana (2:25 mark in video).

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World Cup Soccer Betting Preview for Friday June 20

Soccer betting experts Todd Fuhrman and Bruce Marshall break down Friday's key World Cup matchups with odds, tips and picks, including Italy vs. Costa Rica and Switzerland vs. France (2:10 mark in video).

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World Cup Soccer Betting Preview for Thursday June 19

Soccer betting experts Todd Fuhrman and Bruce Marshall break down Thursday's key World Cup matchups with odds, tips and picks, including Columbia vs. Ivory Coast and Uruguay vs. England (3:05 mark in video).

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World Cup Soccer Betting Preview for Wednesday June 18

Soccer betting experts Todd Fuhrman and Bruce Marshall break down Wednesday's key World Cup matchups with odds, tips and picks, including Cameroon vs. Croatia  and Spain vs. Chile  (2:37 mark in video).

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