World Cup Groups 2014: Updated Standings, Odds and Predictions for Day 8

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJune 19, 2014

Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.    (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

One 2014 World Cup group already has knockout round seeds solidified after Day 7, and more could be clinched on Day 8.

The Netherlands and Chile will advance after defeating Australia by the score of 3-2 and Spain 2-0, respectively.

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

*All odds according to Odds Shark. 

Group Standings
Group A
Group B
Group C
2Ivory Coast31110021
Group D
1Costa Rica32110031
Group E
Group F
4Bosnia and Herzegovina0-1100112
Group G
2United States31110021
Group H
3South Korea10101011

Petr David Josek/Associated Press

Colombia vs. Ivory Coast

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

On paper, Colombia looks like the superior team. It entered the World Cup with far better odds to win than Ivory Coast, 69-2 compared to 190-1. Colombia also finished its opening match with a goal differential three times larger than Ivory Coast's.

However, Colombia's third goal came in extra time. And it allowed Greece, an inferior team to Japan, to attempt seven shots on goal. Japan only managed to attempt four against Ivory Coast, which held the ball 11 percent more than Colombia did on Day 3.

This isn't to say Ivory Coast should be favored, or even that it'll win. Expect it to force a draw, though.

Prediction: 2-2

Themba Hadebe/Associated Press

Uruguay vs. England

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

Uruguay entered the World Cup with only 55-2 odds to win the World Cup. But only seven teams entered with better odds. England and its 65-2 odds wasn't one of them.

But Costa Rica's 5,000-1 odds didn't stop it from trouncing Uruguay by the score of 3-1. Uruguay goalie Fernando Muslera could only stop one of Costa Rica's four shots on goal from getting behind him. England, though, matched Italy in everything except the final score.

England is without a doubt playing better right now, but Uruguay gets Luis Suarez back. His presence could make the difference for Uruguay to turn its World Cup campaign around. But it won't. 

Prediction: 2-1, England

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 14:  Keisuke Honda of Japan celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match  between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias H
Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Japan vs. Greece

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

Neither Japan nor Greece were expected to accomplish much in the World Cup. They lived up to those expectations in their opening match.

But while Ivory Coast outplayed Japan, Colombia embarrassed Greece. At least Japan actually held a lead for 48 minutes of its match. 

These two teams have combined for just one goal thus far in the World Cup, so this won't be a shootout. If a team manages to build a lead, though, it's more likely to be Japan.

Prediction: 1-0, Japan

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.


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