Colombia vs Uruguay 2014 World Cup Preview

Only the second meeting between two South American nations at the 2014 FIFA World Cup following the opening Round of 16 game between Brazil and Chile, Sunday morning’s match between Colombia and Uruguay is shaping as one of the most fiercely-contested head-to-heads so-far.

Champions of Group C, Colombia has no issue in overcoming all of Greece, the Ivory Coast and Japan; securing a perfect record on three wins from three matches. Requiring a victory in their final Group D match to clinch qualification, Uruguay will line up without star striker Luis Suarez who was banned from taking part in the remainder of the 2014 World Cup after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during his nation’s 1-0 win.

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From this point of the World Cup the task is simple for all remaining nations; win and progress, lose and book flights home. Leading online bookie is currently offering the best odds on all Round of 16 matches at the 2014 World Cup, including Sunday’s sure-to-be epic between Colombia and Uruguay.

Clear favourites to progress past the fellow South Americans and into the World Cup quarter-finals, Colombia is currently available at an even $2 for success in head-to-head betting markets, while Uruguay is given far-less of a chance at a generous quote of $3.40.

Scoring the first goal is likely to be pivotal in Sunday’s World Cup match between Colombia and Uruguay, making a first goal scorer bet a good betting play. In the absence of Suarez, Uruguay will look towards 2010 Silver Boot winner Diego Forlan to fill the gap, who is well and truly worth consideration to open the scoring at current $8.50 odds.

Scoring a howler in Colombia’s demolition of Japan earlier this week, Jackson Martinez has developed a key combination with gun midfielder James Rodriguez and is currently available at $6 odds to break the dead lock on Sunday morning.

Having made a habit of flying from the gates in their three World Cup appearances in 2014, Colombia leading at both the half time break and full time may prove to be a smart betting option, particularly at current odds of $3.

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Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez has been scoring for fun in his nation’s three matches so-far, providing exceptional cover for absent star Radamel Falcao in finding the net three times and setting up a further three. Combine an anytime goal scorer bet with a Colombia victory for exceptional odds of $4.50.

Without Suarez, Uruguay will undoubtedly lack something in front of goals and as a result, Paris St. Germain man Edinson Cavani will have to step up to the plate and shoulder the load if his nation is any chance of progressing. Punters who believe Cavani will find the net at any point throughout Uruguay’s 90-minute battle with Colombia coupled with a victory can take advantage of sensational odds of $5.

Colombia and Uruguay will meet in the 2014 World Cup Round of 16 at the Estadio Maracane in Rio de Janeiro at 6am AEST on Sunday.

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