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

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

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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
Pos Team Pts GD P W D L F A
Group A
1 Brazil 7 2 3 2 1 0 7 2
2 Mexico 3 1 3 2 1 0 4 1
3 Croatia 3 2 3 1 0 2 6 6
4 Cameroon 0 -5 3 0 0 3 1 9
Group B
1 Netherlands 9 7 3 3 0 0 10 3
2 Chile 6 2 3 2 0 1 5 3
3 Spain 0 -3 3 1 0 2 4 7
4 Australia 0 -6 3 0 0 3 3 9
Group C
1 Colombia 9 7 3 3 0 0 9 2
2 Greece 4 -2 3 1 1 1 2 4
3 Ivory Coast 3 -1 3 1 0 2 4 5
4 Japan 1 -4 3 0 1 2 2 6
Group D
1 Costa Rica 7 3 3 2 1 0 4 1
2 Uruguay 6 0 3 2 0 1 4 4
3 Italy 3 -1 3 1 0 2 2 3
4 England 1 -2 3 0 1 2 2 4
Group E
1 France 6 6 2 2 0 0 8 2
2 Ecuador 3 0 2 1 0 1 3 3
3 Switzerland 3 -2 2 1 0 1 4 6
4 Honduras 0 -4 2 0 0 2 1 5
Group F
1 Argentina 6 2 2 2 0 0 3 1
2 Nigeria 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 0
3 Iran 1 -1 2 0 1 1 0 1
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 -2 2 0 0 2 1 3
Group G
1 Germany 4 4 2 1 1 0 6 2
2 United States 4 1 2 1 1 0 4 3
3 Ghana 1 -1 2 0 1 1 3 4
4 Portugal 1 -4 2 0 1 1 2 6
Group H
1 Belgium 6 2 2 2 0 0 3 1
2 Algeria 3 1 2 1 0 1 5 4
3 Russia 1 -1 2 0 1 1 1 2
4 South Korea 1 -2 2 0 1 1 3 5

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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

 

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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

 

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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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