Thursday July 3rd, 2014

Both of Friday's quarterfinal matchups pit World Cup favorites against red-hot opponents.

While Brazil and Germany entered the tournament as favorites to win (the Germans are actually rated the third betting choice at the moment), France and Colombia have played like favorites as the World Cup has unfolded.

The fates of these four teams will be determined on Friday.

Germany vs. France

Germany is a +145 favorite to win the game on the three-way line, with France going off at +200 and the draw going off at +225. Picking the winner outright has Germany at -140 and France at +115.

The total is set at 2.5 goals, with the Under favored at -150 over the Over at +125.

Germany was expected to steamroll Algeria, but the game went into extra time knotted up at 0-0. The Germans scored early into extra time and went on to win 2-1, but it was Germany's third straight less-than-dominant game since blowing out Portugal 4-0 in its World Cup opener.

Germany is still looking to find that opening-game form, and might need it against France.

France has made 2010's embarrassing effort a distant memory with its outstanding play in 2014, winning three of its four games by two or more goals in wins over Honduras (3-0), Switzerland (5-2) and Nigeria (2-0). With all due respect to the teams that France has played to this point however, the French have not played a side with the quality and depth of Germany.

France is in top form coming into this game while Germany has been just getting by in its recent matches. This one should be a great game.

Prediction: 2-1 Germany

Brazil vs. Colombia

Brazil is a -125 favorite to beat Colombia without the need for extra time. Colombia is a +330 underdog to win the game in full-time and +275 to send the game to extra time. Brazil is going off at -240 to advance over Colombia at +190 as a straight-up wager. The total is set at 2.5 goals.

If Brazil is going to fulfill its dreams of winning a World Cup on home soil, it is going to have to do so with an extremely difficult road in the knockout stage. Brazil showed its resiliency in a win by penalty kicks over Chile, clearly leaving it all on the field both emotionally and physically in the process.

It only gets harder this Friday against Colombia and is predicting an upset here for the Colombians.

Colombia has arguably been the most dominant team of the tournament so far. Scoring 11 goals while surrendering only two in four games, Colombia's relentless attack has kept all of its opponents on their heels. James Rodriguez buried both goals in Colombia's 2-0 win over Uruguay, taking control of the lead for the World Cup scoring title with five goals in the tournament so far.

The home crowd will once again be heavily in Brazil's corner, and the squad will need the support for this difficult test.

Prediction: 3-1 Colombia

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