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Spain will win World Cup, predicts the psychic octopus

Unlike his host country, he has an unblemished World Cup record – but will he win big on the day or turn out to be a damp squid?

Paul the psychic octopus has so far been correct about the results of all six Germany games, but his visions of Spanish victory tomorrow have left Dutch fans hungry for calamari.

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Like many gamblers, Paul uses the tried-and-tested method of hooking a ­mussel from one of two labelled fish tanks, watched with bated breath by ever-larger crowds at Germany’s ­Oberhausen aquarium. He called it correctly when he favoured Germany over Argentina, England, Australia and Ghana, and he foresaw the country’s losses to Spain and Serbia.

But if he fails to beat the odds tomorrow in the ­biggest game of all, it could be Paul who ends up taking a battering.

A Dutch-run restaurant in Edinburgh has pioneered its own version of Paul’s pre-match ritual, with themed menus for each team competing in the Cup. Owner Edwin van der Ven, who runs The Reverie in Newington, warned: “I would have him battered and deep-fried.”

Rumours have also begun to dog the octopus. He was hatched at the Sea Life Centre in Weymouth, England, and fears have been raised that he could turn out to be a double-agent.

Paul the psychic octopus predicts a Spanish victory

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