Having successfully navigated their way passed Chile the hosts Brazil play the dark horse of the competition and the neutral fan’s favourite team remaining Colombia this Friday in Fortaleza and we have free World Cup 2014 betting tips.
Brazil are playing with the weight of a nation on their shoulders and have yet to reach their potential in their 4 performances so far in this competition, but having ridden their luck at times you do feel this year might be their year. Meanwhile, Colombia have been a revelation at this summer’s World Cup and will be hoping to spoil the Brazilian party and take their place in the semi-finals.
The starting 11 of both teams will be evenly matched on the pitch and is likely to be the tightest Quarter Final out of the lot. Brazil and Colombia both possess strength, pace and skill throughout their squads and so a single goal may be the only difference in this mouth-watering South American tie. It may be wrong to suggest that two players have carried these teams in the competition so far but Neymar for Brazil and James Rodriguez for Colombia have both been in sensational form for their respective countries and everyone will be hoping these fine individual performances continue as we begin to enter the climax of this summer’s competition.
Brazil have already had a rollercoaster of a World Cup and scraped into the last 8 via a penalty shootout victory against Chile. Although performances have not been at the high standard we all expect from a Brazilian side, they have shown real determination and an ability to hold their nerve despite the huge expectation and pressure placed on them by their country. Although such unconvincing performances have raised question marks over their likelihood of lifting the World Cup trophy come the 13th July, you would back them to improve as the competition enters the latter stages.
Brazil’s star player this tournament has been Neymar, who has burdened most of the pressure and yet has almost single-handedly carried the squad through the tournament. The heavy reliance on Neymar to perform will worry manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, and he will be desperate to see other stars such as Hulk, Chelsea’s Oscar and particularly striker Fred rise to the big occasion and take the goal scoring pressure off Neymar; particularly with concerns over the player’s fitness for the upcoming match.
Colombia have been a breath of fresh air at the World Cup; winning all 3 of their group games and comfortably beating Uruguay 2-0 in the Round of 16 to progress to the Quarter Finals. As mentioned earlier, James Rodriguez has been one of the ‘stand out’ players in the tournament so far, already amassing 5 goals and 2 assists. Currently contracted to Ligue 1 club AS Monaco, it is little surprise that his form has already sparked rumours of a 60 million euros summer move to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
However, Colombia have been far from a ‘one-man’ team with several other players also in fine form. Mario Yepes and Pablo Armero have given stability in defence and helped ensure only two goals have been conceded against the Colombians. In midfield Carlos Sanchez has provided excellent protection for the back four and worked tirelessly to cut out danger and quickly shift defence into attack. The Colombians are blessed with pace and strength in their attack and have proved to be one of the most entertaining teams to watch thus far. Jackson Martinez, Juan Cuadrado and of course Rodriguez have all sparkled going forward and will undoubtedly cause the Brazilian defence huge problems.
A World Cup Semi Final place is at stake and considering the magnitude of the game it may well be a cagey affair, with both teams concentrating on remaining solid at the back to minimise mistakes. Both teams are strong in defence with both conceding just 5 goals between them in 8 matches. Under 2.5 goals in this match is 4/5 with Ladbrokes and gives good value. Although this World Cup has seen plenty of goals so far this trend may not continue as we enter the latter stages of the competition.
The field will be full of immense attacking talent, and so predicting goal scorers is difficult. If fit, Neymar will always be a threat going forward and will hope to add to his impressive goal record for Brazil. Neymar to score anytime is 11/10 with bet 365. Also Neymar to get FIFA’s Man of the match is 3/1 with Bet Victor and is tempting considering the way he has already performed at the World Cup and the admirable way he has dealt with the huge pressure placed on his young shoulders.
So far in the knockout stage we have seen 2 games decided by penalties; Brazil v Chile and Costa Rice v Greece. For Brazil to win on penalties is 10/1 with Ladbrokes. Both teams will not want to lose if the match progresses with the score tied, the more likely it is that both teams will settle for the 12 yard shoot out. Given the quality Brazil showed in the shootout against Chile and especially Julio Cesar’s performance in goal they have shown they have the ability and nerve to get through dreaded penalties.
Brazil v Colombia Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Goals – Bet Here at 4/5 with Ladbrokes
Neymar to Score Anytime – Bet Here at 11/10 with Bet365
Brazil to Win on Penalties- Bet Here at 10/1 with Labdrokes
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