Columbia vs Uruguay Round of 16 Free World Cup Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 6/27/2014
2014 World Cup Free Picks: Colombia vs. Uruguay
4 p.m., Saturday, June 28 – Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (ABC)
Match Betting Lines
Colombia advanced as group winners and are listed at +100. Uruguay faces their fellow South Americans as a +333 underdog. The draw is listed at +250 while the total is 2.5 goals for this match.
Luis Suarez. It’s all about him. The Uruguayan striker made headlines for all the wrong reasons, yet again. After biting an Italian in the team’s last match, Suarez was officially sanctioned and banned from all football for four months. No more World Cup, that’s for sure. Now Uruguay is faced with the tough task to take on one of the best remaining teams minus their best player. We saw them against Costa Rica without Suarez looking very forgettable. How will Uruguay employ their new line-up? Will Diego Forlan enter to partner with Edinson Cavani or will the PSG man run solo atop the formation?
Not to many teams looked better than the Colombians in the group stages. They looked so strong in fact that being without their best player Radamel Falcao for this entire tournament is now simply an afterthought. Monaco midfielder James Rodriguez has been simply masterful orchestrating his team’s creative style of play and doing the necessary work to get his teammates involved through the match. Jackson Martinez, scorer of two goals against Japan, is another key figurehead surely to play a vital role in the knockout stages.
Colombia will be the aggressor. Uruguay doesn’t seem to possess the defense to hold Columbia in check so that will be an issue from the start. It will be interesting to see how much Uruguay will push forward or will they simply wait for a few counter-attacking chances. This one of two all-South American Round of 16 match-ups, and the Latin flare will definitely be on display.
Key Injuries, Suspensions, Yellow Cards
Obviously no news is bigger than Luis Suarez’s suspension. His absence is a game-changer, no question about it.
Colombia will have the goods. This team has been playing some of their best football at the perfect time. Not only should you fancy them to best Uruguay here, but Colombia is a legit threat to challenge the winner of Chile-Brazil in another enticing, prospective quarterfinal match.
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