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Colombia 2018 World Cup Odds

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Betting Colombia at World Cup 2018 in Russia offers value in a few areas, especially if they can match or improve upon their performance from four years ago in Brazil.

Colombia had its best showing at a World Cup in Brazil 2014, going undefeated in the group stage while allowing just two goals and then advancing to the quarterfinals. James Rodriquez, the eventual Golden Boot winner, carried this side on his back and will once again be the talismanic figure in Russia.

James finished with six goals, including a brace in the Round of 16 which saw his squad dispatch continental rival Uruguay, who were in disarray after Luis Suarez’s infamous biting incident. In the quarters they ran into host Brazil and fell 2-1 in a heartbreaker in what was arguably the best game of the tournament for the home squad.

Colombia presents good betting value in various markets and the side now has the experience necessary to make an even deeper run in Russia.

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Colombia’s odds to win World Cup: +4000

Bovada is offering Colombia at +4000 to emerge from Russia as the FIFA World Cup winners. Although the Colombians feature quality players like James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Davinson Sánchez and Juan Cuadrado, their path to the final will almost certainly run through a German side that not only has plans to successfully defend their title, but could be one of the best squads to ever represent that nation.

The fact that no South American team has won the World Cup on European soil since 1958 plays heavily as well.

COLOMBIA'S Odds to win Group H: +130

Betting odds to win Group H from online shop Bovada see Japan at +900, Senegal at +400, Poland at +200 and Colombia as the slight favorite at +125. Plus-money on the Colombians to win this group is a very attractive price for me, but it should be an indicator as to how difficult the competition in Group H will be.

Poland should be the toughest test for Los Cafeteros in the group stage. Robert Lewandowski and company handily won what could be described as one of the weaker groups in Europe, but they did drop points to Kazakhstan in a 2-2 draw and suffered a 4-0 thumping in Denmark.

Senegal went undefeated in their group, conceding just three goals through six games, but the performances of Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly will be key if the Lions of Terranga hope to take points off the Colombians.

Their fixture with Japan looks like a great chance for a full three points as they beat them 4-1 in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

Colombia'S Best World Cup Bets

Aside from betting them to win Group H at +130, there is more value around the board that could prove fruitful when looking to place a wager on the Colombian national team at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

If you like Colombia to win their group, you may want to consider a prop bet of Colombia to finish first and Poland to finish second in Group H which is currently paying +225 at online sportsbook MyBookie. Also, should Los Cafeteros win their group they would likely face Harry Kane and perennial underperformers England in the Round of 16. A win there would see them advance to the quarterfinals which can be had at +185.

COLOMBIA'S Player to watch: James Rodriguez

Bettors looking to place a wager on the top goal scorer at World Cup 2018 will want to take a moment to consider the reigning Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez at +5000 from Bovada.

The value is phenomenal and if James’ team wins their group, they will likely face a beatable England side in the Round of 16, giving him a chance to score in at least five games.

In all but one World Cup since 1978, the benchmark has been six goals or less, but matching his six tallies from four years ago will be no small feat as no player has won back-to-back Golden Boot awards.

COLOMBIA'S Road to Russia

CONMEBOL is one of the world’s most difficult regions to advance from in World Cup qualification. With giants like Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay combined with quality teams like Chile, Peru and Ecuador vying for spots in Russia, Colombia’s path was always going to be wrought with challenges.

The last matchday of a tumultuous qualifying campaign saw the Colombians leading Peru 1-0 after a Rodriguez goal in the 55th minute. A full three points would have seen them leapfrog Argentina in the standings and solidify automatic qualification.

An own goal from keeper David Ospina in the 77th brought Peru level and saw the points split. Near disaster for the Colombians.

This left Colombia’s fate in the hands of the already qualified Brazilians, who needed to beat Chile to push James and crew through. Luckily, Brazil delivered a 3-0 smashing in São Paulo that night, putting an exclamation point on their dominance in the CONMEBOL group and punching Colombia’s ticket to Russia.

This preview was originally posted on 2018-05-09 and was updated on 2018-06-14

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Colombia’s 2018 World Cup Squad
NumberPlayerPositionClubCaps
1David OspinaGKArsenal86
12Camilo VargasGKAtlético Nacional5
22José CuadradoGKOnce Caldas1
2Cristian ZapataDEFMilan55
3Óscar MurilloDEFPachuca13
4Santiago AriasDEFPSV Eindhoven41
13Yerry MinaDEFBarcelona12
17Johan MojicaDEFGirona4
18Farid DíazDEFOlimpia13
23Davinson SánchezDEFTottenham Hotspur9
5Wilmar BarriosMIDBoca Juniors10
6Carlos SánchezMIDEspanyol85
8Abel AguilarMIDDeportivo Cali70
10James RodríguezMIDReal Madrid63
11Juan CuadradoMIDJuventus70
15Mateus UribeMIDClub America8
16Jefferson LermaMIDLevante5
20Juan QuinteroMIDPorto15
21Jose IzquierdoMIDBrighton & Hove Albion5
7Carlos BaccaFWDMilan45
9Radamel FalcaoFWDMonaco73
14Luis MurielFWDSevilla18
19Miguel BorjaFWDPalmeiras7

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