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World Cup 2014 betting: odds on Colombia to win, Group C predictions

Colombia is a giant favorite in Group C betting and the odds makers believe they are a threat to win World Cup 2014 outright.

Lars Baron

Colombia has a solid squad that has the best betting odds to win their group, which is one of the weaker ones, but they have a HUGE injury concern.

Main striker Radamel Falcao, who has decent odds to win top goal scorer this summer, is recovering from a knee injury and if he cannot go it will be a big blow.

The squad was impressive in South American qualifying and they are playing in their first World Cup since 1998.

Colombia Odds to win World Cup 2014: +3300
Colombia Odds to win Group C: -125

Falcao leads the solid attack and Colombia is a very fit squad that plays good technical soccer. The squad will need long runs and good passing to win this summer, as they really lack any aerial attack.

In the qualifying process they did not score a single goal off a corner kick and only one through the air. Still, they have the talent to do some damage this summer and it would be a big surprise if they did not advance past the group stage.

World Cup Prediction for Colombia

Colombia is drawn into Group D, which is one of the weaker groups along with Japan, Ivory Coast, and Greece. They match up well with Japan, as they are both technically sound squad, but definitely have more talent up front.

Their toughest match may be facing Greece, who has a great defense. Still, Colombia will easily win the group and it would not be surprising at all is they won all three group matches.

While the group draw was good for them the round of 16 is not, as they will play the runner up from Group D, which will likely be Uruguay, Italy, or England.

They may put up a good fight facing any one of those teams, but they will not win and the round of 16 is as far as the Colombians will progress.

How Colombia got to the World Cup

Colombia was very impressive in CONMEBOL qualifying coming in second place only two points back of Argentina, who they played to a great draw with on the road. Overall, the squad had six wins, two losses, and two draws.

They beat Chile in the road in the beginning of qualifying and one of their only two losses came to Uruguay on the road.

World Cup 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

World Cup Group Play 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

Team Key Players

Radamel Falcao FW Monaco - Is one of the premier strikers that will be playing this summer, but if his injury keeps him out of the tournament it will be a very big loss.

James Rodriguez MF Monaco - A great young players that is solid on both sides of the pitch and his playmaking skills are impressive.

Pablo Armero MF Napoli - He is an attacking midfielder that can get up the field on the wings and has to help Falcao up front.