Colombia odds to win World Cup 2014
After taking a good early backing the World Cup ante post market, Colombia odds to win World Cup 2014 stalled a bit at the start of the year, when their star player, Radamel Falcao, picked up an injury playing for club Monaco. Still, Colombia odds to win World Cup 2014 aren’t too bad as they are trading at 28/1 to lift the title which does actually make them one of the stronger dark horse bets. But naturally punters, because of Falcao really being on the only recognizable household name in their ranks, became a little hesitant over their chances with the Monaco man touch and go to make Brazil 2014.
Colombia were pretty solid through qualification from the CONMEBOL zone, finishing second just two points behind Argentina. That is arguably the toughest qualification zone to come through because there are no easy away games there whatsoever. So the fact that they came through with some aplomb should put them in good standing to throw down some kind of challenge at Brazil 2014. They are a relatively young side and they have a tremendous amount of balance there in their squad, yes, even without Falcao.
Colombia do have a lot of firepower in their ranks even withput Falcao, as they can call upon Porto’s hitman Jackson Martinez and Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca. But the defence of Colombia was far more impressive than their forward ranks during qualification and they only shipped 13 goals in their 16 games to reach Brazil 2014, the best record in the CONMEBOL zone. They have a lot of experience in their defensive ranks and it could carry them far. They have developed so much over the last couple of years, have come on leaps and bounds that they look to be peaking at the right time.
At Brazil 2014, Colombia were drawn in a group alongside Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan and they must have been delighted with that outcome. They are 5/6 favourites to win Group C and a short 1/3 to just qualify from the group. It really is a group which is there for the taking, with really only the Ivory Coast looking like a genuine threat to them there. The rewards for topping the group will be a round of sixteen match against either England, Italy or Uruguay. So there is a decent chance of progress and they make a pretty solid wager to be knocking around the quarter final stage of the 2014 World cup.
But how valuable are Colombia odds to win World Cup 2014? As an each way bet they are actually quite attractive. Forget about whether or not Falcao is in the side, they will cope. They will miss his prolific record for his country yes, of course, but he is not the be all and end all of Colombia’s World Cup 2014 challenge. They have been priced up as 4/1 shots to make it to the semi finals, which is the same price as the likes of Italy and the Netherlands. So they will have their backers in World Cup 2014 betting.