Host Brazil avoided a national disaster and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2014 World Cup, and they'll take on Colombia as betting favorites at the sportsbooks in their match in Fortaleza on Friday.
Brazil needed penalty kicks to knock off Chile in the Round of 16, while Colombia scored a 2-0 win over Uruguay last round. At [custom:bovada-link] Brazil is a -130 favorite against Colombia (+350), with Brazil at 11/4 and Colombia at 11/1 on the [custom:bovada-link] odds to win the World Cup.
The other Friday quarterfinal has Germany taking on France in Rio de Janeiro, with the Germans topping Algeria 2-1 in the Round of 16 and the French coming off a 2-0 victory over Nigeria last round. At BetDSI Germany is the +130 favorite over France (+210), with the Germans at 7/2 and the French at 7/1 on their updated World Cup futures.
On Saturday the Netherlands will take on Cinderella story Costa Rica in Salvador in the quarterfinals, with the Dutch side topping Mexico 2-1 in the Round of 16 and Costa Rica topping Greece in penalty kicks. The TopBet betting lines for the match have the Netherlands as the -225 favorites over Costa Rica (+650), with the Dutch at 9/2 and Costa Rica at 40/1 on their 2014 World Cup odds.
Finally, Argentina meets Belgium in the other quarterfinal match on Saturday in Brasilia, with Argentina surviving a 1-0 game against Switzerland in the Round of 16 and Belgium getting past the United States by a 2-1 score last round. Argentina sits at 4/1 on the updated 2014 World Cup odds at Bet365, with Belgium farther back at 12/1 odds.
World Cup Quarterfinals Betting Matchups
July 4 - Germany vs. France (Rio de Janeiro, 12:00pm ET) July 4 - Colombia vs. Brazil (Fortaleza, 4:00pm ET) July 5 - Belgium vs. Argentina (Brasilia, 12:00pm ET) July 5 - Costa Rica vs. Netherlands (Salvador, 4:00pm ET)