World Cup Betting Odds at VietBet – Brazil vs Colombia
By Charles Jay
When the Brazilian national soccer team takes the field for World Cup betting action on Friday in Fortaleza, it will be led by the youngster who was hailed as the breakout superstar of the game, particularly based on his sensational performances in qualifying for the tournament. Neymar is nursing some injuries right now, but VietBet customers should not bet on him not making post, as his team not only has a very dynamic Colombia squad in front of it in the quarter-finals, but also the rising superstar who is getting more and more praise by the moment, who is also dueling him for individual awards.
James Rodriguez has arguably been even more of a force for the Colombians than Neymar has been for the Brazilians, and so there is unquestionably one of the best storylines available for one of the best matchups.
There was no end to the expectations for the home team, so anything less than a berth in the championship game will be an extreme disappointment. And if you told Brazil that it might have its hands full against a Colombian team that was playing without Radamel Falcao, the players may have given you a look of disbelief.
Rodriguez’s emergence has changed that dynamic.
In the World Cup Betting Odds that have been posted on this game by the people at VietBet, Brazil is a favorite:
The World Cup
Colombia vs. Brazil (Quarter-Finals)
Friday, July 4 — 4 PM ET
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Betting Odds – Handicap Line
Brazil -1/2, -124
Colombia +1/2, +104
Betting Odds – Moneyline:
Under 2.5 Goals -124
Over 2.5 Goals +109
* INCLUDING EXTRA TIME & PENALTIES
Brazil advances -240
Colombia advances +200
Neymar’s status has been discussed as being uncertain, because he is dealing with injuries to both his left thigh and knee. He was roughed up enough to make coach Luiz Felipe Scolari very unhappy with the officiating, although he played through to the end and actually made one of the penalty kicks that helped his team to the win over Chile after the match had ended in a 1-1 tie through regular, stoppage and extra time.
The doctors have been playing it cautiously with him thus far, advising that he be held out of practice. A final decision is to be made just before Friday’s match, but World Cup odds bettors should consider it almost inconceivable that Neymar would not make post. He has been, by far, the dominant figure in the offense, scoring four goals.
His 22-year-old counterpart has almost stolen his thunder. Rodriguez has five goals, scoring in every game. What has made him so valuable is that he has had to compensate for the offense that was lost when Falcao, an acknowledged world star (and his teammate at AS Monaco) who tallied nine goals during the qualifying phase, was declared out of the tournament with a cruciate ligament injury.
In the process of carrying the offensive attack for Colombia, Rodriguez has achieved international super-stardom. It’s not that he was previously unknown, but he is now being mentioned as someone who could ascend to the level of Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and yes, Neymar among the elite. How much respect is he getting? Well, let’s take a quick at the odds at VietBet to win the Golden Ball Award as the World Cup’s outstanding player:
James Rodriguez +280
Lionel Messi +300
Arjen Robben +800
Karim Benzema +2550
Paul Pogba +4250
Mathieu Valbuena +4600
As we said, don’t even think about Neymar not being present and accounted for in this one. The question on everyone’s minds is – what about his teammates?
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