Man vs Bookie vs the last World Cup Colossus!
Brazil v Colombia
- Brazil have reached the quarter-finals in each of their last six World Cups, but haven’t gone further than this round since 2002.
- Colombia have made the quarter-finals for the first time in their World Cup history.
- The last four games between Brazil and Colombia have ended in draws, with three of those finishing goalless.
- Brazil have conceded in each of their last eight World Cup quarter-finals.
Verdict: Visitors of my website will know I have been sweet on Colombia for sometime and they were manvsbookie.com’s official Dark Horse – Brazil haven’t done a great deal to change my mind so am going to be bold and say Colombia 2-1, 1-0 & 1-1 Draw.
Netherlands v Costa Rica
- Netherlands have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup matches, with the only blip in this run being their 2010 final defeat against Spain.
- Costa Rica have beaten just one European side in their last seven encounters with teams from that continent, though this did come against Italy earlier in the World Cup (D3 L3).
- The Netherlands have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 World Cup knockout games, last keeping a shutout against Ireland in 1994.
- The Netherlands have scored 12 goals in 4 matches this tournament, as many as in their previous 9 World Cup matches combined.
Verdict: Costa Rica did very well to get this far however I think Holland have too much for them in attack. This could be tight for quite a while – Holland 1-0, 2-0
France v Germany
- There have been 17 goals scored in the three previous World Cup meetings between France and Germany, an average 5.7 goals per game.
- Germany have reached the semi-finals of the last three World Cups. No nation has ever made the last four in four successive tournaments.
- Germany are unbeaten in 15 internationals (W10 D5), longer than any other side still involved at the World Cup.
- On the last five occasions that France have progressed past round 1 in the World Cup, they have reached the semi-final stage (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998 and 2006).
Verdict: This one is difficult to predict. I feel ike Germany have been cruising a bit in their matches without going for the jugular while France have been in attack mode. It may come down to Germany having a stronger squad overall that decides this. They have top class cover in all positions. Going for 1-0 & 2-1 Germany & 0-0 Draw.
Argentina v Belgium
- Argentina have won three of their four encounters with Belgium, scoring 10 goals and conceding four.
- Argentina have been victorious (via penalties or winning AET) in six of their seven World Cup games that have gone to extra-time.
- Argentina and Belgium are two of four teams to have won all their games at the 2014 World Cup (extra-time included), with Colombia and the Netherlands. All four of Argentina and Belgium’s wins have been by a one goal difference.
Verdict: Neither of these sides have lived up to their billing to date but they are unbeaten which says a lot I suppose. Interesting stat their about them both winning their games to date by 1 goal. Going Argentina 1-0 & 2-1 and 1-1 Draw.
I’m going by what I think will happen in quarter-finals to complete the pool bets. If I’m wrong maybe we’ll get lucky…
Brazil or Colombia v France or Germany
(Colombia v Germany)
Verdict: I think Germany just have too much big game experience here for the Colombians. World Class players all over the pitch desperate for a trophy and it may prove to be a bridge to far for Colombia. Germany 1-0, 2-0.
Netherlands or Costa Rica v Argentina or Belgium
(Netherlands v Argentina)
Robben v Messi – maybe simplifying it a bit but that’s the way it has been until now. Argentina to win in extra time – so 90 mins 0-0, 1-1.
Germany v Argentina
Flipped a coin and it came up Argentina 1-0, 2-1