World Cup betting: Spain may outlast ageing French

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England are 11-10 to beat Portugal inside 90 minutes in Saturday's quarter-final encounter and 11-1 to go out on penalties to Luis Felipe Scolari's side for the second successive tournament. Ladbrokes also bet 2-1 that the game will be settled in extra-time.

Following the high number of cards brandished in Portugal's victory over the Netherlands, the same firm are 8-13 that Saturday's game produces five or fewer cards, 11-8 that there are six to nine and 12-1 for 10 or more.

Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack look to be in a duel over who has the most shots during the World Cup. The Tote bet on who will end up with most and it is 5-6 the pair. Lampard leads on 21, with Ballack on 16.

Ladbrokes are 4-6 about Ronaldo breaking Gerd Müller's scoring record against Ghana today, 4-1 that he gets the goal required in the quarter-final, 10-1 in the semi and 14-1 in the final.

Today's match between Spain and France may be tightly fought and low on goals, despite the striking talent on display. Spain's younger legs can last longer and draw/Spain at 9-2 in the half-time/full-time market with the Tote looks the bet.

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