Colombia vs. Uruguay: Form Guide, Live Stream and Prediction for 2014 World Cup

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Colombia take on Uruguay in the second of the last 16 games on Saturday with both sides aiming for a place in the quarter-finals as they face off in the Maracana. 

Uruguay will be without their star man Luis Suarez who picked up a hefty ban on Thursday for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in La Celeste's final group game, per Sky News' Paul Kelso:

This is a huge boost for a Colombia side who should certainly be seen as favourites to win the game having impressed with fine performances in the group stages.

Read on for full live streaming information and a look at the form guide, as well as a prediction for the outcome of the encounter in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Date: Saturday, June 28

Time: 9 p.m. BST, 4 p.m. ET

TV Info: ITV1 (UK), ABC (US)

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK), ESPN Player (US)

 

Form Guide

Colombia took a clean sweep of wins in their Group C campaign, scoring nine goals and conceding just two as they proved their considerable pedigree in impressive fashion.

Despite the pre-tournament loss of main man Radamael Falcao, Colombia have hardly missed him as they have scored for fun with James Rodriguez scoring three goals and claiming two assists in the first three matches.

Their opener was a routine 3-0 win over Greece which saw goals from Pablo Armero, Teofilo Gutierrez and Rodriguez get them off to a fine start.

They then passed the stiff test of Ivory Coast as they confirmed their place in the knockout rounds with a 2-1 win in an impressive attacking display.

The Elephants had been presented as Colombia's biggest threat to top the group but they dealt with them efficiently, then going on to beat Japan 4-1 to wrap up all nine points.

Their campaign thus far has arguably been the most comprehensive of any side, as even the likes of the Netherlands have faced tricky periods in their openers.

Jose Pekerman's men have not trailed once in Brazil and look to have all the tools to go a long way in the World Cup and will prove a mighty difficult test for Uruguay, especially without Suarez.

The Liverpool striker was injured for their opener and they went down 3-1 to Costa Rica, who comprehensively took the victory after Oscar Tabarez's side lost their grip on the game in dramatic fashion. 

Suarez bagged a brace as they beat England 2-1 in their second game and a late Diego Godin header saw them claim a 1-0 victory over Italy to make it through the group stages.

Not only will Suarez be missed leading their line, the furore that has been surrounding the team because of their talisman's actions can only have been disruptive to preparations.

However, they do have veteran Diego Forlan as back-up, his performances in the 2010 World Cup were influential in getting Uruguay to the semi-finals.

Colombia look favourites to advance to take on either Brazil or Chile in a tough—and all South American—quarter-final.

Their form in the group stage has been serene and confident, a world away from Uruguay's first three matches, which have seen peaks and troughs galore.

Without Suarez, Uruguay are just not quite the same side in attack and Colombia should have enough to deservedly make it to the last eight. 

Prediction: Colombia 3-1 Uruguay 

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