The pressure on Brazil to win the 2014 World Cup is continuing to build and they face a tough assignment against a red-hot Colombia in their quarter-final clash at Castelao at 6pm (AEST) tomorrow morning.
Brazil are yet to lose a game during the 2014 World Cup, but their performances have been far from convincing and they required a penalty shootout to progress to the quarter-finals after a middling performance against Chile last Sunday morning.
The Brazilians got off to a strong start against Chile and played some good football leading up to their opening goal of the match through defender David Luiz, but some sloppy defending let Chile back into the game and Brazil were never able to recover.
Brazil continue to rely too much on the individual brilliance of Neymar and it appeared that they ran out of ideas in the final stages of the match with Chile; with the side resorting to ineffective long balls.
Chile were unlucky not to walk away with the win at the end of extra time, but Brazil were able to maintain their composure in the penalty shootout and progressed thanks to some good keeping from Julio Cesar.
Brazil face a very dangerous opponent in Colombia and they will need to maintain their concentration in both attack and defense to see off the threat that is their South American rivals.
Colombia have been the form team of the 2014 World Cup to date and they are the only side in the tournament that has won all four of their fixtures in regular time.
The South American side were far too good for their rivals in what was an admittedly easy pool and they produced another professional performance in the Round Of 16 to score a comfortable 2-0 victory over Uruguay.
The Colombian defense has been extremely difficult to break down during the tournament to date and they are extremely dangerous on the counter attack, moving the ball with impressive speed when they get the opportunity to push forward.
James Rodriquez has received all the plaudits for his sensational World Cup form, but Colombia have certainly not been a one man team and they have plenty of in-form players right across the pitch.
There have been question marks over the Brazilian defense and the likes of David Luiz, Dani Alves and Marcelo could be badly exposed if they do not track back quickly after their side have given up possession.
Brazil ($1.83) are clear favourites to progress to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup with a victory in regular time, while the draw and Colombia are available at the attractive odds of $3.60 and $4.33 respectively with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Based on their performance at the tournament to date, the $4.33 for a Colombia victory represents excellent value and the $13 on offer for Colombia to win the tournament is also worth a bet as that price will shorten dramatically if they upset Brazil tomorrow morning.
Leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au are offering over 150 different betting markets on the Brazil vs Colombia clash and their headline offers are in play. The $10 on offer for James Rodriguez to score in normal time and Colombia to win in normal time is excellent value, while Brazil fans can take advantage of the $2.7 on offer for Neymar to score in normal time and Brazil to win in normal time.