Betting Special: Get 4/1 on Brazil or Germany to qualify

Paddy Power are offering new customers the chance to back either side in Tuesday's Sao Paulo showdown at an enhanced price - and there's also a special for existing customers
The first semi-final of the 2014 World Cup looks as close to a coin flip as the bookmakers have seen in the competition thus far.

Paddy Power can't split hosts Brazil and Germany in the betting, with both sides available at 10/11 (1.91) in the "to qualify" market - although new customers can take advantage of the online bookmakers enhanced prices on the game.

Anyone without a Paddy Power account can back either Brazil or Germany to qualify at 4/1 (5.0).

Joachim Low's side secured their place in the last four thanks to a 1-0 win over France, while Brazil battled past Colombia - although their 2-1 quarter-final success came at a significant price for the host nation.

Leading scorer Neymar suffered a back injury that has ruled him out of the competition and captain Thiago Silva picked up a needless booking, meaning he will miss Tuesday night's semi-final clash.

Low will have some selection dilemmas of his own to contend with, including whether to start Miroslav Klose - who is just one goal away from becoming the World Cup's all-time record goalscorer - or Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller, the man who has already struck four times in the tournament so far.

In the match odds it's Brazil who are the slight favourites, priced at 7/4 (2.75) to win in 90 minutes, with Germany at 11/5 (3.20), while the draw is available at 9/5 (3.80). The knockout games have been particularly close affairs recently so it's difficult to back any of the three outcomes with a vast amount of confidence.

With most punters and bookmakers struggling to split the two sides in the 90-minute markets, the opportunity to back either of them at a vastly enhanced price of 4/1 (5.0) with Paddy Power is bound to prove very popular ahead of the game.

If this match ends in a penalty shootout, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on this match. Refunds are made in real money on this promotion, not as free bets.

Anyone without a Paddy Power account who wants to take advantage of these offers can sign up for one here.

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Jim Knight is Chief Betting Editor at and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast