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World Cup Sweepstake Semi-Final Preview

Set your fan speeds to well above zero because this World Cup sweepstake is starting to heat up! With just four teams left in the competition, each of the remaining contenders is guaranteed enough money to buy a dirty dog’s dinner. Read on as we take a look at how each of the remaining Bears players will be feeling about their respective teams’ chances.

 

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Our resident statistician, hard at work predicting the outcome of this week’s matches.

Brazil vs. Germany

In many ways, Brazil and Rob Terrett are a perfect fit. Like Terrett, this is a side that is highly competitive while enjoying plenty of unnecessary diving about. Their victory over Adam Carver’s Colombia side ended on a sour note in the form of an injury to star player Neymar. Without the Brazilian Michael Carrick, they’ll have to rely on comparatively underwhelming team-mates such as Hulk, who recently admitted that he was only in the side because of his ability to drive the team minivan.

It’s unclear how Rob’s team will fare in a stadium as far south as Belo Horizonte – especially against the consistent play of Cam’s Germany. As the last remaining Shakesbear in the tournament, Cam’s fellow freshers have been vocal in their support of his team. Not least Win Chirayus – when asked whether he wanted Cam’s side to win on Tuesday, he responded with a hearty “I guess so.” They go into this match full of confidence,  seeing off quarter-final opponents France with relative ease after the entirety of Robbie Tink’s side forgot to bring their boots to the match.

Prediction: Smime.

 

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“Rekt”

Netherlands vs. Argentina

Despite viewers of the live draw so generously hoping I would get Honduras, I have to say I’m very happy with my sweepstake team. The connection I felt towards this side was confirmed when goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen took a leaf out of my book and decided to leave the match early against Costa Rica. The Dutch have a history of strong performances in this competition, but so far a World Cup win has been just as elusive as Daley Blind. And yet their chances have been bolstered by an outstanding tournament from Arjen Robben, who is believed to be the Music Editor of highly-rated Dutch newspaper The Boer.

Argentina have been uninspiring but effective so far, relying largely on Lionel Messi – or “M-Money” – in the attacking third. Even so, the likes of weathered veterans Martin Demichelis and Javier Mascherano played a key role shackling the potent offensive threat of Nacer Chadli during their quarter-final victory. The Belgian’s scintillating 15-minute performance wasn’t enough for Frigate’s team to progress, and Matt Kirk will be pleased that the side he chose drew completely at random has come so far.

Prediction: Depends on how much Matt Kirk pays the referee.

 

The Bracket

Sam Hawkins has put his PowerPoint skills to good use once again with an updated version of his beautiful sweepstake bracket.

Based on current form, here are the probabilities of each team winning the entire tournament:

Brazil 50/50

Germany 50/50

Netherlands 50/50

Argentina 50/50

How do YOU think it got burned? Let us know in the comments below!

Sam Carter

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