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Colombia battles Suarez-less Uruguay on Saturday
By: Zach Cohen - StatFox
Published: 6/28/2014  at  12:02:00 AM
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2014 WORLD CUP SOCCER

COLOMBIA


vs. URUGUAY


Kickoff: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Estadio Do Maracana Ė Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Line:
Colombia -109, Uruguay +295, Tie after Regulation +270
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals (Over +115, Under -144)

Uruguay takes on Colombia Saturday in the Round of 16 but they will be without their star player Luis Suarez, who was be booted from the tournament after biting an opponent in their last match.

Here is the BetDSI Sportsbook preview of Saturday's match:

Colombia didnít have the strongest group in the World Cup, but they won it convincingly. The squad won all three of the matches they played and had a goal differential of +7. Uruguay dug itself into a small hole in group play by losing their first game, but when Luis Suarez returned from injury, it all changed. They won their last two games and earned a spot in the Round of 16, but now Suarez is banned from the remainder of the tournament.

Colombia took the field in their first match of group play and went against a Greece team that also made it to the knockout rounds. Colombia dominated that game, winning 3-0. Their next opponent was Ivory Coast, who they played a very tough game with but were still able to come away with a 2-1 victory. The third game they played was an absolute blowout, as Colombia defeated a Japan team that was still fighting for life by a final score of 4-1. James Rodriguez is leading the team in goals with three in the tournament. They will be up against a Uruguay team that is dangerous, but will be without their most important player.

Uruguay is a completely different team when Luis Suarez is on the field. In their first game of group play, they lost to an inferior Costa Rica team 3-1, as Suarez missed the match while recovering from a knee surgery. When he came back for their second game, however, the team started to put everything together. They defeated England 2-1 in their second game and then in a must-win battle with Italy, they were able to come away with a 1-0 victory. Now Uruguay waits for the fate of their star to be determined, but since he is not playing, they will take a major hit. Suarez keeps their offense together and he is the leader of the team, but his horrific display of sportsmanship puts his team as the heavy underdog on Saturday.

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