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Messi and Robben get Ladbrokes’ World Cup Price Boost treatment

| 04.07.2014

The drama never ceases in this World Cup and to celebrate the second batch of quarter finals Ladbrokes are increasing the odds on two of the tournament’s hottest shots so far to break the deadlock in their respective last-eight clashes.

Argentina must find a way past Belgium in Brasilia while Holland take on tournament surprise packages Costa Rica in Salvador in the later Saturday evening kick-off.

Lionel Messi to score first v Belgium WAS 7/2 NOW 4/1

What is there left to say about Argentina’s goal-scoring genius that hasn’t already been said?

The Barcelona man was under pressure to perform miracles form minute one of this World Cup so close to home.

But unlike mere mortals, miracles are not a problem for Messi who has chipped in with four goals already in Brazil, and all of them as graceful as they were important.

Messi fired Argentina in front after only three minutes against Nigeria in Argentina’s final group game and with pacesetter for the Golden Boot James Rodriguez playing no further part, what more incentive does he need here.

Arjen Robben to score first v Costa Rica WAS 4/1 NOW 5/1

Another man looking to adorn his mantle piece with a glittering boot-shaped trophy after Brazil is ‘Flying Dutchman’ Robben.

Only a goal behind Argentina’s number 10, the Oranje’s number 11 won’t have a better opportunity to increase his tally than against Costa Rica.

The minnows of World Cup 2014 have been resolute so far it must be said, but they are yet to face arguably the most free-flowing attacking force in the tournament in the shape of Louis van Gaal’s team.

Robben’s last goal was the opener against Australia so he’s due another.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.