France vs Germany
France and Germany face off in an all European World Cup quarter final. Both sides have been impressive so far in this competition and it’s a shame they meet each other at the quarter final stage, since this could very easily be a grand final between two heavyweights in world football.
When looking at a potential European winner, Germany were considered the top contender by many in the lead up to the tournament, and for the most part they have lived up to the hype even though it took them more than regular time to get the job done against Algeria in the last of 16 round.
Many expect Germany to take over from Spain to dominate at international level they have a core group of players that have played together for a while now and they are such a talented and efficient team.
That is not to say France won’t take some stopping. The game will likely be decided in the midfield if France can play a possessional game they have plenty of offensive threat up forward and in the midfield to pose a lot of problems.
Although Germany go into the game as favorites by the online bookmakers, due to the wealth of attacking talent on both teams it is expected that both Germany and France will score, so an even money bet at Bet365 on the both teams to score betting market is reasonable.
Brazil vs Colombia
Two South American teams also face off in second quarter final match contested on Friday. Brazil have dominated this rivalry having won 5 and drawn 5 of their last 10 encounters the most recent being a 1-1 draw in a 2012 friendly in New York, but it is Colombia that has been the in form team during this World Cup.
Brazil have been fairly unimpressive up until this point and could have easily been knocked out in the last of 16 in their game against Chile which went to penalties to decide the tie.
Colombia advanced to the quarter finals only needing regular time to defeat a Suarez-less Uruguay 2-0 with James Rodríguez bagging both goals, the first goal being an absolute stunner, showcasing the quality Colombia have in their squad.
Rodríguez is the tournament’s leading goal scorer up until this point with 5 goals to his name, which is quite remarkable considering he is playing in his first World Cup, not that you would know. And despite the home ground advantage for Brazil, there are that many Colombians that have made the trip to support their team, so it would feel very much like a home game for Colombia.
There could very well be an upset in this game. Brazil are very reliant on Neymar for scoring goals and while Colombia have young striker James Rodriguez other players have contributed. There are also concerns over Neymar’s health as he picked up a few knocks in the Chile game.
Bet365 is offering 15/4 for Colombia to win which looks fairly attractive. It is Colombia’s first quarter final but Brazil’s young squad look somewhat vulnerable and the pressure could very well be too much for them against an enthusiastic Colombia squad.