2014 FIFA World Cup: Colombia vs. Brazil Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/4/14
Brazil (3-0-1) vs. Colombia (4-0)
World Cup: Friday, July 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Colombia +330 See the Latest Odds
Colombia and Brazil will meet Friday in what should be an incredible 2014 quarterfinal World Cup match.
Colombia has won all four of its World Cup matches this year, with its most recent win being a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. While Colombia’s offense has been no slouch, Faryd Mondragon has allowed just two goals in the first four matches. Colombia’s defense has been the real deal in this tournament, as all nine of Uruguay’s shots on goal failed to find the net. Offensively, James Rodríguez is putting Colombia on his back, as he’s scored in each of the first four matches, including scoring both goals in the win in the round of 16. While Rodriguez may look like the best player in the tournament thus far, you get the feeling somebody else must step up if Colombia has any chance of picking up another win.
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While Brazil hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype so far, it was still able to eliminate Chile by winning the penalty kick battle, 3-2. Brazil got a solid 13 shots on goal in the win, but was inches away from losing the game in extra time. However, the same thing could be said if Hulk’s goal in the second half was ruled good. Brazil sometimes looks a little uninspired and seems to be relying a little too much on Neymar to bail them out of matches. While Neymar has scored four goals, not including the penalty kick that ultimately beat Chile, it’s a dangerous way to play. Like Colombia, look for somebody else to step up if the home team is going to advance.
This game could really go either way and Brazil hasn’t lost a game at home in what seems like forever. However, Colombia is playing wonderful soccer and doesn’t have nearly the pressure Brazil is facing. They’re pretty much playing with house money given the fact few expect them to win.
With that said, there’s too much value not to pick Colombia in this spot. Colombia has been playing well on both sides of the ball, while Brazil has looked a little lackluster at times.
I’ll take my chances with a Colombia win and a shocker in what has been a great World Cup.