South American neighbours lock horns in a World Cup quarter final on Friday, get betting tips ahead of the Brazil v Colombia clash in Fortaleza.
Colombia can give the tournament hosts something to worry about, back the draw at best odds 11/4 with Boylesports.
Brazil head into this game as favourites, but punters will be willing to bypass William Hill's best odds of 10/11 and oppose the tournament hosts on the evidence of their displays so far. Their 3-1 group stage win over Croatia didn't tell the whole story as Blazers were unlucky to have a goal chalked off and Selecao were far from inspiring when recording a 0-0 draw with Mexico and an easy win over already eliminated Cameroon. Things looked to have improved in their last 16 clash with Chile when David Luiz put Brazil ahead early on, but they were soon pegged back by an Alexis Sanchez goal and looked second best throughout the 90 minutes. The sides still couldn't be separated after extra time and having been let off the hook by winning the penalty shootout, Brazil will be hoping to improve for this match.
Colombia on the other hand have endeared themselves to football fans worldwide with a host of breathtaking attacking displays. With the help of James Rodriguez, they breezed through their group with wins over Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan to set up a last 16 clash with Uruguay. Rodriguez was the star of the show for Los Cafateros as he put La Celeste to the sword to finish the game with a brace and send Colombia into the last eight. If Colombia continue to play their exciting brand of football then we are in for a real treat in Fortaleza and they look to have every chance of causing a famous World Cup upset.
Brazil have injury concerns ahead of the game with Neymar expected to be fit enough despite suffering from a knee and thigh injury against Chile, but Marcelo could miss out leaving Maxwell to deputise at left-back. Luiz Gustavo is suspended meaning Luiz Filipe Scolari will have to make a few alterations with Paulinho and Hernanes vying to start alongside Fernandinho in midfield.
Colombia have no pressing injury concerns ahead meaning José Pekerman can name an unchanged starting XI from the side that easily overcame Uruguay. James Rodriguez would seem key to their chances of getting a result against Brazil and he will look to get forward to support Jackson Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez whenever possible.
2014 World Cup Matches
Brazil W D W D Colombia W W W W
2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
Neymar – 4 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Fred – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Oscar – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Fernandhino – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Luiz - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
Colombia (2014 World Cup):
Rodriguez - 5 (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Gutierrez - 2 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Cuadrado - 1 (1 Penalty, 1 First Goalscorer)
Quintero - 1 (0 Penalities, 0 First Goalscorer)
Armero - 1 (0 Penalities, 1 First Goalscorer)
2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
Oscar - 2
Luiz Gustavo – 1
David Luiz – 1
Ramires – 1
Marcelo - 1
Thiago Silva - 1
Colombia (2014 World Cup):
Cuadrado - 4
Aguilar - 2
Ramos - 1
Gutierrez - 1
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