Overall, Brazil’s shock capitulation on Tuesday night was a good result for the bookies, with few people daring to believe such an unlikely outcome was possible. William Hill confirmed that none of the 120,000 customers who bet on the game successfully picked out the result. However, four lucky Brits were jumping for joy after putting money on a 7-1 win for Germany. PaddyPower were among the bookmakers forced to pay out at odds of 500/1, with one person from the North East winning £2,500 from a £5 bet. Another lucky gambler took home £240 from a stake of just 80p after backing Germany to take a 5-0 half-time lead.
What are the chances of a similar outcome in Sunday’s World Cup Final? PaddyPower have Germany at 500/1 to record a second successive 7-1 victory although, at 11/2, a low-scoring 1-1 draw seems to be the most likely outcome. Lionel Messi was a quiet influence in last night’s second semi-final against the Netherlands – perhaps he was saving his best for Sunday’s showdown? William Hill have him at 40/1 to follow in the footsteps of Geoff Hurst and score a World Cup Final hat trick.