Colombia not short of goals even if Falcao doesn’t make Brazil 2014
Whether or not one of the world’s top strikers, Radamel Falcao will be at the 2014 World Cup or not remains to be seen. The Monaco striker and the focal point of Colombia’s attack picked up a long term injury early in the year which has left the striker touch and go to make the tournament.
Colombia have a pretty decent shot of getting out of Group C at Brazil 2014 which also includes Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan. But how much has their chances been dented by Falcao’s injury.?What if he can’t make it, will it leave Colombia completely devoid of all chances?
No, because their strike force fortunately goes a lot deeper. While Falcao has netted nine goals in 17 appearances, there are good options waiting in the wings to replace him. The forward role really is up for grabs and Porto’s Jackson Martinez could easily step into Falcao’s shoes and deliver the goals.
He has been prolific for Porto this season, even with his club struggling by their usual standards. Martinez has returned 23 goals from 40 appearances in all competitions for FC Porto this season, not a bad return at all and he is definitely the star of their show. Jackson made his debut for Colombia when he was 22 and the 27 year old has returned eight goals from 26 first team appearances.
Jackson’s challenger for the starting spot for Colombia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup could be Carlos Bacca, the Sevilla striker. He has come out of nowhere this season and he pounced into the limelight recently when he netted a brace to help his club record a shock win over Real Madrid in La Liga.
The good thing for Colombia is that his style contrasts that of both Falcao and Martinez. Bacca is just a powerhouse, old fashioned forward who puts himself about. After only starting one World Cup qualifier for Colombia, he could be just playing his way into contention to make a big splash at Brazil 2014. So even without Falcao, Colombia could still return a few goals.
Colombia are 5/6 favourites with Bet365 to win Group C ahead of the Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece and have been trading as one of the dark horses in World Cup 2014 betting, in at a price of 25/1 in the outright winner market.