Another rivalry with a lot to prove is the friendly match between Brazil and Colombia. Brazil went on to send Colombia home at the end of a dramatic quarterfinal that lit the star of James Rodriguez, prompted his transfer to Real Madrid and paved the way for the disaster that ended up being the rest of the tournament for the hosts.
Dunga is the newly appointed Brazil manager, who despite promising to reinvent the way Brazil plays, has called several of the players deemed responsible for the disasters against Germany and the Netherlands. Considering David Luiz earned the call up, but Marcelo, Fred, Julio Cesar and Dani Alves were left out of the squad, the decision is more or less arguable. On the bright side for Brazil, Robinho received the call to join the team, and in the absence of Thiago Silva talks about a new captain have surfaced with Robinho stating: “If Dunga selects me to be the new captain, then I will be ready. Though other players like Neymar and David Luiz are also good choices for that role”. Considering how well Luiz led his team against Germany, maybe another captain is required?
Colombia’s coach has called the majority of his World Cup squad including both their stars, James Rodriguez and Falcao, Manchester United’s newest signing who recovered after an ACL. The two players missing from the roster are Mondragon and Yepes. Pekerman stated that “We can lose games, but never our objectives,” and many went to think if that was a dig at the way Colombia was eliminated from the World Cup. With the suspense building up, the tickets for the match are selling at a very fast pace, and the stadium in Miami are expecting another record breaking number in terms of attendance.
Ladbrokes favors Brazil to win at 2.20 odds, Colombia at 3.20, which are also the odds given for a draw. Both teams to score is at 1.70, Brazil to win either half at 1.65, Colombia at 2.10 and Brazil to lead at halftime is at 2.80, as opposed to Colombia’s 3.70. We’re thinking about keeping it simple, and will bet 7 units on an outright Colombia win with the same bookie.
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