pushed to the limit
Chile and Brazil kicked off the R16 in dramatic fashion as the match went the distance, into a nerve-wracking extra time and penalties. Chile had many opportunities during the match to deliver the coup de grace. Their best chance came when Sanchez almost scored the winner before the end of regulation time, only for the top bar tipping his strike over the net. Indeed, the frame proved to be one of the themes of the penalty shoot out along with Julio Cesare’s impressive keeping in between the posts. The Brazilian stopped Chile’s first two attempts while the side post jumped out to stop their fifth attempt.
Brazil’s golden dream almost ended prematurely. So close it was. You could say Brazil were rather lucky while Chile were unlucky. In any event, the bottom line is that Brazil live another day. They can breathe for the time being. Still, Chile pushed them to the limit and in so doing raised some legitimate doubts about the merit of this team, doubts that might give Colombia some ideas.
Colombia’s star on the rise
Colombia were efficient, ruthless and organised against a very disappointing Uruguay in the R16, traipsing to a straightforward 2-0 victory. Granted Uruguay were without the snarly Luis Suarez in the line-up, but there were plenty of stars that could have shouldered the burden. Whether it was a lack of form or just plain disinterest after the embarrassment that was their final group game or something else, it matters little. In fact, even if they’d been in full form, it’s doubtful whether they would have won – so good, so impressive, so utterly dominant have the Colombians been in the competition. And that James Rodriguez has been absolutely brilliant. Taking the ball deftly off his chest and then with a spin-around shot to score the first goal against Uruguay sums up his poise, sense of the pitch and purpose. He’s a lethal, game-changing player that Brazil have to be wary of in the quarters.
Brazil vs. Colombia match betting tips and picks
Brazil enter the quarterfinals as the hot favourites to win outright at -120, which is a market cast that is hardly surprising. They are the hosts, after all. What’s more, they are one of the tournament favourites, and always have been. That Colombia are tipped at +350 odds to win outright, however, seems a bit disingenuous. It doesn’t seem right that a side that has been solid on both sides of the pitch and that has been winning so convincingly would be tipped at such hefty odds. Put another way, it doesn’t seem veritable to have a side so wholly off colour continue to be the outright favourite to win it all.
Long short of it: this match deserves to be set to the tune of tighter odds. For some reason, odds makers aren’t buying what Colombia are selling. Why that is, matters naught. Suffice it to say, Colombia are a steal +350 to win outright and a World Cup pick that is just begging to cash out.
Everything about this matchup tips the
balance in favour of Colombia. So back the South American underdogs to deliver
the biggest upset of the tournament.
World Cup Picks: Colombia to win outright at +350