Brazil vs Colombia preview – Quarter Final 2

brazil-vs-colombiaThe second Quarter Final match of the 2014 World Cup pits host Brazil against fellow South American outfit Colombia on Friday 4th July 2014 at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 5.00pm local time or 6.00am AEST Saturday morning 5th July Melbourne time and South America will definitely have a team competing in next at least one semi final.

Online bookmaker Sportsbet has Brazil a warm $1.85 favourite to beat Colombia, who are $4.50, with the draw at $3.60.

 BRAZIL vs COLOMBIA 

When: Friday 4th July 2014
Time: 5.00pm local time (6:00am AEST Sat 5th July Melbourne time)
Where: Castelao, Fortaleza
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
2012-11-15 Brazil 1-1 Colombia Friendly

Recent History
2008-10-16 Brazil 0-0 Colombia WC Qualification 2010
2007-10-15 Colombia 0-0 Brazil WC Qualification 2010
2004-10-13 Brazil 0-0 Colombia WC Qualification 2006
2003-09-07 Colombia 1-2 Brazil WC Qualification 2006
2003-07-19 Colombia 0-2 Brazil CONCACAF Gold Cup 2003

In their past four meetings, although spread out over a few years, they have played four draws in their past four matches, including three scoreless draws.

2014 World Cup form

BRAZIL

WON 3-1 Croatia – Group
DRAW 0-0 Mexico – Group
WON 1-4 Cameroon – Group
WON 1-1 (Pen) Chile – QF

Brazil is unbeaten this World Cup after beating Croatia, drawing with Mexico, and smashing Cameroon to finish on top of Group A. Brazil got through to the quarter finals courtesy of a penalty shoot out win against Chile after the match finished in a draw following extra time.

In four matches the Brazilians have scored 7 goals and conceded two, with four goals to the brilliant Neymar along the way.

COLOMBIA

WON 3-0 Greece – Group
WON 2-1 Ivory Coast – Group
WON 4-1 Japan – Group
WON 2-0 Uruguay – QF

Colombia has been one of the suprise packets of the World Cup and they breezed through the group stage with wins over Greece, Ivory Coast & Japan before disposing of Uruguay in the Round of 16 matches to find themelves in a quarter final matchup with five-time tournament winner Brazil.

Colombia has scored a whopping 11 goals at the World Cup and the classy James Rodriguez leads the Golden Boot Award at the moment with five goals, and the Brazilians will have to shut him down around goal or he will hurt them with his brilliance.

Sportsbet odds for Brazil vs Colombia

Brazil $1.85
Draw $4.50
Colombia $3.60

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Brazil vs Colombia match prediction

This should be a cracking match between two attacking South American teams and if ever Colombia is going to upset their more fancied rivals, then now is the time.

Brazil has been solid without being ultra impressive, and a fitness cloud hovers over their best player Neymar, but he is likely to line up, while Luiz Gustavo is suspended courtesy of a second yellow card in the match against Chile.

Brazil relies heavily upon Neymar and Hulk in attack and if Colombia can quell their influence on the match then they are in with a great chance to defy the odds.

Colombia has been the form side of the tournament scoring mulitple goals per game, with James Rodriguez providing a great target up front with 5 goals to date.

Defensively the Colombians have also been very good and on form and balance they have the game to trouble their more fancied rivals.

Brazil has not beaten Colombia since 2003 and the $1.85 about them winning this match is very much under the odds for ours, whereas the $1.95 about Colombia to Win or Draw, or even the $4.50 for the win is very appealing

Colombia Win or Draw @ $1.95 at Sportsbet

Back Colombia to either Win or Draw at Sportsbet, or simply take them to win at the great odds of $4.50.

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