Here are the quarter-final picks in the Ladbrokes World Cup Naps Media Betting competition
Twenty hacks, four games, a whole load of predictions. Trust them at your peril...
Now things begin to get serious. So far only a handful of games have been involved in the Ladbrokes World Cup Naps Media Betting competition but for the quarter-finals the assembled journos had to make a pick for each game.
The same rules apply, with an exact score, goalscorer, total goals or result being the bets on offer. Before we show you which picks each entrant has made, now iss probably a good time to remind you that in the previous game of the competition, Italy v Uruguay, nobody made a correct bet. Not one.
So, with that health warning, here are the selections for each of the quarter finals.
As you can see, it looks like every possible bet is covered here so we should get some winners over the line in the next two days. Question is, can the current leader, Off The Ball's Colm Parkinson, be caught? His bets for the quarter-finals look pretty solid to us.
Here are the standings before the quarter-finals.
|Contestant||Previous Total*||Running Total*|
|Colm Parkinson - Newstalk||€60.00||€50.00|
|Owen Cowzer - Sun||€50.50||€40.50|
|Michael Scully - Mirror||€48.50||€38.50|
|Paul Lennon - Star||€11.50||€1.50|
|David Courtney - Indo||€11.50||€1.50|
|Adrian Russell - Score.ie||€11.50||€1.50|
|Sean Nolan - JOE.ie||€11.50||€1.50|
|Eric Lalor - JOE.ie||€11.50||€1.50|
|Gareth Makim - Metro||€11.00||€1.00|
|Stephen Beacom - Bel Tel||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Paul O'Hehir - Mirror||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Eoin Brannigan - Star||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Dave Coughlan - Star||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Kieran Holden - TV3||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Jim Gracey - Bel Tel||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Aidan Fitzmaurice - Herald||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Brian Flanagan - Star||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Dave McIntyre - Newstalk||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Mick McCarthy - Newstalk||-€20.00||-€30.00|
|Nathan Murphy - Newstalk||-€20.00||-€30.00|
And don't forget, if you fancy a punt on who will win, the market is available here.