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THE WORLD CUP TIPSTER

AFTER what was a tense and ultimately (for England) depressing weekend, the remaining quarter final places will be decided over the course of today and tomorrow. Some teams, such as Holland and Brazil, which have sailed through the group stage, appear to be on track to progress - but as the shock exits of Italy and France have shown, anything can happen at the World Cup.

Holland continue their bid for World Cup glory at 3pm today against Slovakia. The Dutch won all three group games without appearing to even break a sweat. This could change today against Slovakia, who were excellent against Italy. Punters should look to buy total match goals at 2.5 with Sporting Index. However, the Slovakians are unlikely to be an obstacle to the Oranje progressing to the quarter finals, so an alternative market is to buy Dutch Supremacy at 1.3 with Spreadex.

If you want to take a bet on when the first goal is scored, then remember that of the nine goals that these two teams have scored so far, seven have been in the second half. With extrabet offering a spread on the time of the first match goal of 38-41 minutes, this could well be worth buying.

Tonight is the battle of the South American teams and the Brazilian and Chilean strikers have been on fire. Chile scored in all three of their group games while Brazil have Fabiano and Robinho in good form and will welcome back Kaka. Buy total goals with extrabet at 2.7.

Both Paraguay and Japan will be in a confident mood ahead of their clash tomorrow afternoon. After strong group stages, both teams will fell that they have a realistic chance of progressing to the quarter-finals. Neither team has hit the back of the net particularly frequently so the best option would be to sell total match goals. Sporting Index is offering a sell at 2.1.

The last fourth round match sees the two Iberian countries face off. Despite Spain originally being the favourites to win the tournament, Portugal have been the best performing team of the two - they have yet to concede a goal. If they beat Spain, they would only have to beat Paraguay or Japan to advance to the semis. It's therefore worth buying Portugal on the 100 Index (extrabet is offering 22-25), given that the semi-finalists get 50 points, the runner-up 75 points and the winner 100 points.