Colombia - Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup

Colombia has qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years and they have the best betting odds to make it out of their group. They are not in the toughest group this summer along with Ivory Coast, Japan, and Greece. The Columbians finished second behind Argentina in South American qualifying and they have a great offense. However, the defense is the major concern.

The Colombians are a well-rounded and technical squad that has great fitness and they have a great shot to have their best World Cup showing, which was the round of 16 in 1990.

Colombia Odds to win World Cup 2014: +2000
Colombia Odds to win Group H: -175

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How They Advanced:

Colombia Finished second in CONMEBOL behind Argentina qualifying with 30 points. In five qualifying matches playing squads that are playing in Brazil they only lost one match. Argentina was the only team that had more points than Colombia in the qualifying process and the Colombians played to a 0-0 draw against them on the road. They scored five goals in their last two matches and showed Bolivia how great the Colombian offense is with a 5-0 win.

Early Prediction:

The Colombians will not have nay problems winning the matches in group play facing Ivory Coast and Japan, but Greece is a concern with their great defense. A draw facing Greece is a distinct possibility, but if that happens Colombia will still win the group on goal differential because of their offense.

Once in the last 16 things get much tougher for every team and that is especially the case for Colombia. They will likely play either Italy or England in the first match and their defense will be exposed against either of those teams. Colombia will advance to the round of 16, but no further.

Qualifying Results:

11/09/12 Chile 1 – 3 Colombia                
12/10/12 Colombia 2 – 0 Paraguay                   
22/03/13 Colombia 5 – 0 Bolivia            
27/03/13 Venezuela 1 – 0 Colombia                  
08/06/13 Argentina 0 – 0 Colombia                   
11/06/13 Colombia 2 – 0 Peru                
07/09/13 Colombia 1 – 0 Ecuador                     
11/09/13 Uruguay    2 - 0    Colombia                 
11/10/13 Colombia 3 - 3    Chile            
16/10/13 Paraguay 1 - 2    Colombia

Colombia Key Players

Radamel Falcao FW Monaco – Great striker that has been in top form in France this season.

James Rodriguez MF Monaco – He is one of the best young midfielders in the world and that is because of his playmaking abilities.

Pablo Armero MF Napoli – Great on the flanks his play will be key with opposing defenses concerned with Falcao.

Past World Cup Results:

2010 Did not qualify
2006 Did not qualify
2002 Did not qualify

Colombia World Cup Schedule:

14/06/14 Colombia vs. Greece - Estadio Mineirão       
19/06/14 Colombia vs. Ivory Coast - Nacional  
24/06/14 Japan vs. Colombia - Arena Pantanal           

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