2014 World Cup: Knockout Round Matchups
The United States of America lost to Germany on Thursday afternoon, yet still advanced to the next round of the 2014 World Cup. That’s just the kind of tournament we’re in for this year.
The World Cup doesn’t pause for long to take a breath, though, as two games kick start the intense round of 16 on Saturday afternoon, where each game means the end for the loser.
Brazil, the World Cup’s host this year, is still alive and one of the favorites to go to the end. They’ll take on a feisty Chile squad in the knockout round’s first match at 12:00 PM Eastern on Saturday. The second game of the day will be a showdown between Colombia and Uruguay at 4:00 PM Eastern.
To get a better idea as to what to expect from both matchups, let’s break them down and pick a potential winner:
Brazil vs. Chile
Brazil is the clear favorite in this matchup, as they boast some of the best offense in the entire tourney and also are one of the grittier defensive squads. Brazil hasn’t lost yet in this year’s World Cup, as they’ve won two games and served up a draw with Mexico. They have otherwise been active on the nets (seven goals), while allowing just two goals scored.
Chile hasn’t been a flake, either, as they’ve been fairly impressive on defense, giving up just three goals in their first three games. They did lose one game to a good Netherlands team, but also took care of Australia and Spain pretty convincingly.
Chile has the balance and talent to give Brazil a run for their money, but the groups are a thing of the past and this is single elimination. Look for Brazil to put on the clamps defensively and pull this one out to advance to the next round of the bracket.
Pick: Brazil, 2-1.
Colombia vs. Uruguay
It’s a case of elite offense versus stifling defense, as Colombia takes it’s clean sweep of the grouping round and nine scored goals into battle with Uruguay. Uruguay hasn’t been nearly as impressive on offense, but they’ve been fairly stingy on defense outside of a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.
Uruguay looks to be at a disadvantage in this matchup, though, as no one is confusing who the favorite is. Colombia has yet to lose and looks to be too dominant to be taken out right away in this bracket.
Pick: Colombia, 3-1
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