World Cup 2014: Fixtures, Match Odds, Predictions, Latest Standings for Day 8

David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 19, 2014

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 14: James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Juan Camilo Zuniga during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Greece at Estadio Mineirao on June 14, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Elimination has begun in the 2014 World Cup.

On Day 7, Spain and Australia earned their way out of the knockout round. On Day 8, teams in Group C and D can do the same.

Here are the schedule, odds and predictions for matches on Thursday, June 19, as well as the updated standings.

*All odds according to Odds Shark

 

Day 8 Schedule
Time (ET)FixtureNetworkPrediction
12 p.m.Colombia vs. Ivory CoastESPN2-1
3 p.m.Uruguay vs. EnglandESPN2-1
6 p.m.Japan vs. GreeceESPN1-0
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Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

Colombia vs. Ivory Coast

Odds: 23-20 Colombia, 279-100 Ivory Coast, 49-20 Draw

This should be one of the best matches in the World Cup thus far. No matter the outcome, both teams will likely advance to the knockout round thanks to winnable follow-up matchups against Japan and Greece. But the winner will put itself in perfect position to clinch the first seed in Group C.

Only nine teams entered the World Cup with better odds to win than Colombia. Eighteen entered with better odds than Ivory Coast. On paper, Colombia is the superior team.

However, despite playing an inferior opponent in its opening match, Colombia didn't impress in its time of possession and shots on goal as much as Ivory Coast did. Colombia also scored its third goal in garbage time.

It will be difficult for either to find an edge.

 

Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Uruguay vs. England

Odds: 57-50 England, 67-25 Uruguay, 129/50 Draw

Luis Suarez is back. But his teammates put together one of the most disappointing performances of the World Cup in their opener. No one outside of Costa Rica imagined Costa Rica could beat Uruguay by the score of 3-1.

England didn't win its opening match either. But it only lost 2-1 to the Group D favorite, Italy. Given that it actually won shots on goal 8-5, it's fair to say England could've easily forced a draw at least.

England and Uruguay enter with similar odds to advance to the knockout round, and neither can suffer another loss. The question is, will the addition of Suarez outweigh England's superior play thus far? The answer will likely be no. 

 

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Japan vs. Greece

Odds: 5-4 Japan, 253-100 Greece, 243/100 Draw

Like Uruguay and England, Japan's and Greece's backs are against the wall. If either loses, it is eliminated.

It isn't like Greece had much of a chance anyway, entering with only 9-1 odds to win Group C. But Japan isn't incapable of sneaking in. Its odds are slim after losing to Ivory Coast, but it's far from eliminated, especially if it wins on Thursday.

While Greece couldn't put a single dent in the scoreboard, Japan actually led Ivory Coast for 48 minutes. This match could end up in a draw due to both team's lack of firepower, but a slight Japan victory is more likely.

Tables
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil42211031
2Mexico41211010
3Croatia32210153
4Cameroon0-5200205
Group B
1Netherlands64220083
2Chile62220051
3Australia0-3200236
4Spain0-6200217
Group C
1Colombia33110030
2Ivory Coast31110021
3Japan0-1100112
4Greece0-3100103
Group D
1Costa Rica32110031
2Italy31110021
3England0-1100112
4Uruguay0-2100113
Group E
1France33110030
2Switzerland31110021
3Ecuador0-1100112
4Honduras0-3100103
Group F
1Argentina31110021
2Iran10101000
3Nigeria10101000
4Bosnia and Herzegovina0-1100112
Group G
1Germany34110040
2United States31110021
3Ghana0-1100112
4Portugal0-4100104
Group H
1Belgium31110021
2Russia10101011
3South Korea10101011
4Algeria0-1100112
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David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.