Here are the standings, and the semi-final picks, in the Ladbrokes World Cup Naps Media Betting competition 5 years ago

Here are the standings, and the semi-final picks, in the Ladbrokes World Cup Naps Media Betting competition

Twenty hacks, four games, a whole load of predictions, but who is sitting pretty at the top of the table now?

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Ahead of the four quarter-finals, we posted this list showing you what bets the 20 Irish sports journalists in the Ladbrokes World Cup Naps Media Betting competition had plumped for.

Q final media picks

As you can see, none of us will be giving up the days jobs to become professional gamblers just yet. The undoubted bet of the round, and competition so far, was Gareth Makim's punt that Mats Hummels would score first against France. That genius, and big priced, prediction propelled the Metro man to the top of the standings but the race is not over just yet.

Owen Cowzer stays in second after landing three bets from four while Michael Scully predicted all four semi-finalists, but the odds were nowhere near what the Hummels punt returned.

Here are the standings before the semi-finals.

CONTESTANT RUNNING TOTAL
Garreth Makim- Metro €341.50
Owen Cowzer - Sun €93.50
Michael Scully - Mirror €85.10
Colm Parkinson - Newstalk €39.50
Stephen Beacom - Bel Tel €28.70
Jim Gracey - Bel Tel €23.80
Adrian Russell - Score.ie €16.00
Eric Lalor - JOE.ie -€13.20
Paul Lennon - Star -€38.50
David Courtney - Indo -€38.50
Sean Nolan - JOE.ie -€38.50
Aidan Fitzmaurice - Herald -€46.40
Paul O'Hehir - Mirror -€70.00
Eoin Brannigan - Star -€70.00
Dave Coughlan - Star -€70.00
Kieran Holden - TV3 -€70.00
Brian Flanagan - Star -€70.00
Dave McIntyre - Newstalk -€70.00
Mick McCarthy - Newstalk -€70.00
Nathan Murphy - Newstalk -€70.00

Media tips semi

These are the semi-final picks, so everyone is after Gareth now, with some big punts put in to try and catch him. We particularly like the Ron Vlaar pick by Michael Scully. Desperate times etc...

And don't forget, if you fancy a punt on who will win, the market is available here. No prizes for guessing the current market favourite...