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World Cup Groups 2014: Updated Standings, Odds and Predictions for Day 14

Jun 24, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (9) reacts during the second half of their 1-0 win over Italy in a 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 25, 2014

Luis "Sweet Tooth" Suarez and more have shown just how much one player can impact the World Cup in the 2014 group stage.

Suarez didn't play in Uruguay's embarrassing 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. Since his return, Uruguay is undefeated. And, after its latest 1-0 victory against Italy on Day 13, it's knockout-round bound.

CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  James Rodriguez of Colombia celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal past goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima of Japan during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014 in C
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So is Colombia, which routed Japan 4-1 on Tuesday. Its James Rodriguez scored again. He's finished every match this World Cup with a goal.

Greece can't relate. It hadn't scored a single goal entering its final match of group stage action. But somehow, someway, it'll advance to the knockout round.

Greece scored its first two goals of the tournament against Ivory Coast in a shocking 2-1 win.

Little shocked about Costa Rica vs. England. They both entered the match knowing their fate—Costa Rica advancing to the knockout round and England to vacation. The match concluded in an unimpressive 0-0 draw in which only six combined shots on goal were taken.

Here are updated standings, predictions and odds for Day 14.

Tables
PosTeamPtsGDPWDLFA
Group A
1Brazil72321072
2Mexico31321041
3Croatia32310266
4Cameroon0-5300319
Group B
1Netherlands973300103
2Chile62320153
3Spain0-3310247
4Australia0-6300339
Group C
1Colombia97330092
2Greece4-2311124
3Ivory Coast3-1310245
4Japan1-4301226
Group D
1Costa Rica73321041
2Uruguay60320144
3Italy3-1310223
4England1-2301224
Group E
1France66220082
2Ecuador30210133
3Switzerland3-2210146
4Honduras0-4200215
Group F
1Argentina62220031
2Nigeria41211010
3Iran1-1201101
4Bosnia and Herzegovina0-2200213
Group G
1Germany44211062
2United States41211043
3Ghana1-1201134
4Portugal1-4201126
Group H
1Belgium62220031
2Algeria31210154
3Russia1-1201112
4South Korea1-2201135
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BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 21:  Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Iran at Estadio Mineirao on June 21, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by
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Nigeria vs. Argentina

Odds: 57-163 Argentina, 13-2 Nigeria, 11-4 Draw

One goal has been scored on Argentina and Nigeria combined entering their Day 14 match. Don't expect a shootout.

Nigeria doesn't want a shootout. It would advance with just a draw. And while Argentina has yet to blow out an opponent, it also has incentive to rest starters having clinched a spot in the knockout round.

However, because Argentina has yet to blow out an opponent, it also has incentive to play hard for the sake of improvement. And Lionel Messi playing hard won't be fun for Nigeria goalie Vincent Enyeama, no matter how well he's performed thus far.

Prediction: 1-0, Argentina

 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 21: Argentina fans pose next to an Iranian supporter (C) before Iran lost to Argentina while watching at FIFA Fan Fest on June 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Argentina defeated Iran 1-0 on the tenth day of the 2014 FIFA
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Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran

Odds: 50-91 Bosnia and Herzegovina, 9-2 Iran, 12-5 Draw

Iran needs to win and it needs Nigeria to lose to advance to the knockout round. Bosnia and Herzegovina needs a mulligan. It's already been eliminated.

While Bosnia and Herzegovina's motivation won't be at an all-time high, victory isn't inevitable for Iran. In fact, it's improbable. 

Iran has yet to score a goal in the 2014 World Cup. And Bosnia and Herzegovina is no pushover. It would've forced a draw against Argentina if it weren't for an own-goal.

Prediction: 1-0, Bosnia and Herzegovina (high-scoring day, I know)

 

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Honduras vs. Switzerland

Odds: 2-5 Switzerland, 13-2 Honduras, 333-100 Draw

If lightning strikes, Honduras will advance to the knockout round. It needs a win, an Ecuador loss and to somehow make up the four goals it trails Ecuador by in goal differential.

It can happen, technically. But more likely to advance is Switzerland. Not only is Switzerland tied in the standings with the team it has to beat out in points, Ecuador, but it's facing the worst team in Group E.

Switzerland's goal differential isn't anything to brag about after a France thrashing, but while its defense is suspect, Honduras is suspect everywhere. It's scored just one goal in the World Cup, and it's surrendering 2.5 per game.

Prediction: 2-0, Switzerland

 

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  Moussa Sissoko of France celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova on June 20, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pre
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Ecuador vs. France

Odds: 50-59 France, 12-5 Ecuador, 3-1 Draw

If lightning strikes, France can be eliminated if it loses to Ecuador. Switzerland would also need to win and, with Ecuador, erase France's massive lead in goal differential.

But enough with the miracles. Ecuador has the most on the line in this match. And while it controls its destiny, its fate will also be influenced by the Switzerland-Honduras outcome.

No matter which team wins between Switzerland and Honduras, though, Ecuador will struggle to keep pace with France. It's nothing against Ecuador. France is just scoring the most goals per game in the entire field.

Prediction: 3-1, France 

 

*All odds are according to Odds Shark. 

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

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