2014 FIFA World Cup: Colombia vs Uruguay Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/28/14
Colombia (3-0) vs. Uruguay (2-1)
World Cup: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Colombia +100 See the Latest Odds
Uruguay’s World Cup bid took a serious blow when Luis Suarez was suspended and they’ll look to get through Colombia without him on Saturday.
Uruguay have often been considered one of the world’s soccer powers as they have historically done well on the big stage and while it has been some time since they have won their showing in South African four years provided a ton of optimism for this year’s tournament. However, with one single act from their best player their hopes dashed down the drain as Luis Suarez was suspended for biting an opponent in the team’s final group stage game against Italy. While the punishment fits the crime it must be tough for Italian fans to watch Uruguay go through as Suarez wasn’t disciplined for his actions and it was Uruguay who netted the game winner just a few moments later and now they get a shot at advancing to the quarterfinals with a win. It is clear that Suarez is the team’s best player as they were a completely different side against England and Italy when he was in the lineup than against Costa Rica when he wasn’t and now they have to take on a great side from Colombia who cruised through the group stage without him.
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Colombia have been a team on the rise for the last couple of years and are starting to get their name back in the mix of South American football powers and with a win over Uruguay they can cement themselves as a legitimate threat to win it all. Colombia as mentioned coasted through the group stage with three victories and nine points including wins over Greece, the Ivory Coast, and Japan and they have done so without their top player in Falcao who will not be donning the tricolour for the duration of the tournament. Colombia are a great side but caught a huge break in their matchup with Uruguay as Suarez will not be in the lineup and that has shifted the odds in Colombia’s favour, however I am convinced they should have been there to begin with. Colombia is a great team that I think has the horses to beat Brazil and in order to get there I have them taking down their South American counterparts from Uruguay in the process.