Best bets for WC quarterfinals

France, Belgium among strong value wagers as underdogs in the quarters

Updated: July 5, 2014, 10:24 AM ET
By James Eastham | ESPN Insider

We're down to the last eight teams at what's been a fabulous World Cup in Brazil, and the matchups for the games taking place on Friday and Saturday look as intriguing as we always expected them to be. Not only do the games look exciting, but there are some good betting opportunities, as well.

Here are the best bets for the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals.

France vs. Germany

Asian handicap: France +0.25 (-125) vs. Germany -0.25 (+116)
3-way line: France +213 / Germany +155 / Draw +224
PickCenter public consensus money line pick: 55 percent Germany
Total: 2.25 (Over +108, Under -118)

Given the way these two teams have played in Brazil, what earthly reason can there be for Germany being favorites? Joachim Low's side kicked off with a 4-0 win over an appalling Portugal side but then drew 2-2 against Ghana, beat U.S. 1-0 in a game that ultimately didn't matter and labored to a 2-1 extra-time victory over an Algeria side that had the chances to win the game in normal time. Most observers would conclude France has played the better football, having watched Les Bleus thrash Honduras (3-0) and Switzerland (5-2) in the group stages before overcoming a stubborn Nigeria (2-0) in the round of 16.