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2014 FIFA World Cup: Columbia vs. Greece Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/14/14

World Cup: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Brazil)

The Line: Columbia -118 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC

Columbia and Greece will meet Saturday morning to begin their first matchup of the 2014 World Cup.

It’s no secret that Columbia is one of the more talented teams in the tournament and is the overwhelming favorite to win Group C. However, Columbia will be without its best player Radamel Falcao due to a knee injury. Columbia is currently ranked eighth in the world and is coming off a dominant performance over Jordan in its last pre-cup matchup. Columbia has a lot of players who can take over a match at any time, including versatile playmaker Fredy Guarin, who is expected to lead the team without Falcao.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Columbia vs. Greece Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/14/14

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This is the third time Greece has qualified for the World Cup. Greece isn’t nearly as flashy as Columbia, but is one of the better defensive teams in the tournament and will certainly be competitive. In its last three pre-cup matchups against Portugal, Nigeria and Bolivia, Greece has allowed just one combined goal. Orestis Karnezis is a goalie with 19 international caps and has played a vital role in the Greeks success. Offensively, Greece doesn’t have a ton of weapons, but Konstantinos Mitroglou is a playmaker who has scored 62 goals in six seasons playing for Olympiacos.

While Greece is a tough defensive team and is sure to make things interesting, it’s hard to match the offensive potential that Colombia is bringing to the tournament. Greece simply cannot keep up and possibly one goal would be enough to finish the job in this matchup.

While there is value in a possible draw, I see Columbia scoring late in the second half and putting this game away. It also helps that we’re getting Columbia for such a cheap price despite being the better all-around team.

Take Columbia to win.

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Columbia -118

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