Betting Special: How much will Brazil miss Thiago Silva?

Having seen both their captain and Neymar ruled out of their semi-final match against Germany, Al Hain-Cole wonders whether the Selecao skipper will prove the biggest loss
While Neymar’s injury in the quarter-final victory over Colombia came as a hammer blow for Brazil, the loss of Thiago Silva through suspension could prove equally costly when they take on Germany on Tuesday.

Brazil-Germany Special

Odds from Paddy Power
Both teams to score 11/10
Germany to score over 1.5 goals 7/4
Over 2.5 goals 6/4
Brazil to keep a clean sheet 17/10
Draw/Germany at HT/FT 11/2
Germany to win 3-2 45/1
The Selecao are now priced at 17/10 (2.70) with Paddy Power to keep a clean sheet without their captain against a team who have failed to score just once so far this summer.

Although those odds are probably best avoided considering that Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men are missing their most experienced defender, the 11/10 (2.10) price on both teams finding the net looks like far better value as they have failed to score just once in their last 14 matches.

In fact, with the last two meetings between the sides providing 10 goals, odds of 6/4 (2.50) may also be worth backing on over 2.5 going in as the Paris Saint-Germain man watches on helplessly from the sidelines.

With replacement centre-back Dante all too familiar to his numerous Bayern Munich team-mates on Joachim Low's team and partner David Luiz still looking more comfortable dispatching free kicks from 30 yards than defending, odds of 7/4 (2.75) appear equally tempting on Die Mannschaft striking at least twice in Belo Horizonte.

However, with six of the teams' combined 10 fixtures at the tournament so far remaining tied at half-time, odds of 5/6 (1.83) seem realistic on the hosts holding their opponents to a draw at the break here in spite of their captain's absence.

Nevertheless, considering that three of Brazil's last six defeats have been suffered without Silva's dominant presence in the centre of defence, it is worth backing them to come unstuck once again after a level first half, at odds of 11/2 (6.50).

The last two encounters between the sides have been won 3-2 by either side and you can back the Germans at 45/1 (46.00) to really take advantage of the PSG man's absence by recording an exciting victory by that same scoreline in an enthralling semi-final.

Both Teams to Score for a 2pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
Draw/Germany at HT/FT for a 1pt stake at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.