Colombia drift in World Cup 2014 betting after Radamel Falcao injury

23rd January 2014 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Colombia were dealt just about the worst blow that they could have gotten in this World Cup year. Their star striker Radamel Falcao almost certainly won’t be heading to Brazil with them in the summer after picking up an injury. The Monaco forward, who leads the line in the exciting Colombian side, has been ruled out of action following a torn left anterior cruciate ligament injury which he suffered during a French Cup in midweek.

“The player will have surgery in next few days,” said a Monaco statement. “Doctors will do everything possible to speed up recovery.”

So the tournament looks as if it has lost one of their top names, and that will naturally hurt Colombia’s chances at Brazil 2014. The striker is unlikely to be back fully fit by then and as well as Colombia suffering, punters who took a big ante-post shot on the South American side will also be cursing their luck over Falcao’s absence too.

Colombia were priced up as big as 300/1 when World Cup betting opened, but have recently been trimmed in as short as 25/1 with bookmakers, who recognised them as a talented dark horse shot. That price has drifted a little after the news of Falcao’s absence.

Jackson Martinez will likely be Falcao’s replacement in Colombia’s starring evelyn at Brazil 2014, and immediately bookmakers reacted by trimming his odds on the Golden Boot Market, however, Paddy Power left him right out at 100/1 to make that kind of impact at the summer tournament.

Colombia have now drifted out to odds of 5/6 with the bookmaker to top Group C above the Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece, all of three of those having their odds shortened in the market. Backers are sticking with Colombia to get out of the group though, with Jose Pekerman squad in at 3/10 to qualify for the knockout stage.

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