Columbia v Uruguay betting
Colombia's odds of winning their World Cup last 16 match against Uruguay are tumbling following the news that Luis Suarez will be banned from football for four months as punishment for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday.
Colombia, who were superb as they won all three group games, were as big as 6/4 with Stan James when this second round clash was initially priced up, but they have gone odds-on in Asia and look sure to follow suit with all the British firms. At the time of writing only Coral are offering them odds-against at a 21/20.
Without Suarez, Uruguay were awful in their opening group fixture, crashing 3-1 to Costa Rica despite taking a first half lead through Edinson Cavani's penalty. Their odds are drifting of course, but they are currently a best price of 10/3 with Bet365 to win in 90 minutes. The draw is a 5/2 chance with Bet365 and BetVictor.
By scoring two goals in the victory over England which did so much to set Uruguay up to qualify for the knockout phase, Suarez underlined just how crucial he is to his side's prospects. His absence will be all the more keenly felt because his replacement is likely to be Diego Forlan. Named Player of the Tournament in South Africa four years ago, at 35 and playing in Japan Forlan is now well off the required pace.
Colombia have their own contender for Player of the Tournament this time around in the outstanding James Rodriguez, who scored in all three group games and has been an inspiration for his side, stepping up to fill the void left by the absence of the injured Radamel Falcao who had been expected to be their key man.
Rodriguez, of Monaco, has been so much more than just a goalscorer and can be the key to unlocking Uruguay's defence. William Hill are offering 14/1 that he is named Player of the Tournament and should he catch the eye in another Colombian win that price will drop low into single figures. Hills are also offering 23/10 that he will score in 90 minutes.
Colombia have averaged three goals a game so far and if they can build up a head of steam they can maintain that average in Rio on Saturday evening. Ladbrokes go 20/1 that the favourites will win 3-0 and are offering the same odds on the 3-1 Correct Score. Alternatively, they are 4/1 with Coral to score three or more goals.
The Maracana crowd showed what they thought of a low-scoring game with a chorus of disapproval for France as they drew 0-0 with Ecuador on Wednesday, but there’s more chance of goals in this game. BetVictor are offering stand-out best odds of 5/4 that there will be Over 2.5 Goals - Colombia’s last five competitive games have all gone over.
|Over||Over/Under 2.5 Goals||5/4||BetVictor
|Columbia||To Score 3+ Goals||4/1||Coral
|James Rodriguez||Player of the Tournament||14/1||William Hill
||To Score||23/10||William Hill