How to bet World Cup semis

Germany to win in regulation among the best bets for final four teams

Updated: July 8, 2014, 4:17 PM ET
By James Eastham | ESPN Insider

Getty ImagesCould Germany be celebrating a victory over Brazil on Tuesday?

The 2014 World Cup semifinals take place Tuesday and Wednesday. First up on Tuesday is an enticing rematch of the 2002 World Cup final between depleted hosts Brazil and Germany. On Wednesday, Netherlands, the 2012 runners-up, take on Lionel Messi's Argentina.

With two terrific games on tap, let's take a look at the best bets for each matchup.

Brazil vs. Germany

Asian handicap: Brazil +0 (-106) vs. Germany +0 (EVEN)
3-way line: Brazil +178 / Germany +183 / Draw +225
PickCenter public consensus money line pick: 51 percent Germany
Total: 2 (Over -109, Under +100)

Is this the game in which Brazil's World Cup ambitions come crashing down? The absence through suspension of Brazil captain and key center back Thiago Silva and through injury of team top scorer and tournament poster boy Neymar are massive blows for coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Brazil's performance level has been no better than Germany's so far, and that's with a Brazil side that has had Silva and Neymar in its ranks. Much of Germany's play has been unremarkable but they have a number of players with vast tournament experience, meaning they are used to dealing with high-pressure situations and are ideally equipped to prey upon weaknesses in the Brazil side.