Columbia Currently The Favourite To Win Group C

Published on May 3rd, 2014 9:56 pm EST

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We are continuing our analysis the 2014 World Cup with a breakdown of the Group C betting odds.

There are four teams that comprise Group C - they are:

Columbia
Japan
Ivory Coast
Greece

First let's look at how each of these four teams got to the 2014 World Cup:

Ivory Coast - defeated Senegal 4-2 in the third round of CAF qualifying to earn their spot
Columbia - finished second in CONMEBOL qualifying to earn their spot (the top four finishers automatically earned spots in the World Cup)
Japan - won Group B of AFC qualifying to earn their spot
Greece - won a playoff match 4-2 against Romania in UEFA qualifying

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The clear favourite of the group is Columbia, as you should be able to see from these odds to win Group C outright:

Columbia, 1.80
Ivory Coast, 4.50
Japan, 5.00
Greece, 7.00

Columbia, according to the oddsmakers, is practically a shoo-in to advance. The rest of the teams in the Group, however, is another story altogether.

Let's take a look at the odds to qualify for the next round:

Columbia, 1.28
Ivory Coast, 1.91
Japan, 2.10
Greece, 2.87

Most of the World Cup groups have one powerhouse, two medium teams and a weakling. Group C, however, has four teams that could legitimately qualify for the next round, which is quite unusual.

Finally, let's look at the odds of which two teams will advance to the next round, in order of placement:

Columbia/Ivory Coast, 4.33
Columbia/Japan, 5.00
Columbia/Greece, 6.00
Ivory Coast/Columbia, 7.00
Japan/Columbia, 9.00
Greece/Columbia, 13.00
Ivory Coast/Japan, 15.00
Japan/Ivory Coast, 17.00
Greece/Ivory Coast, 23.00
Ivory Coast/Greece, 23.00
Japan/Greece, 26.00
Greece/Japan, 34.00

Who do you think is going to come out on top of Group C?

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