World Cup Betting Preview Group C: Why Colombia are worthy favourites

The South Americans are the standout side in the group and Phil Kitromilides explains why the price of 4/5 (1.80) for them to win Group C should be snapped up by punters
Group C is perhaps the tightest offering at this year's World Cup and all four sides will believe they have a decent chance of making it through to the knockout stages.

The fact that Greece are the outsiders at 15/2 (8.50) with bet365, the lowest price for any outsider to top a group, shows that there will be no easy games.

Clear favorites to win Group C are Colombia at 4/5 (1.80), with the South Americans boasting an impressively talented squad and having the not inconsiderable advantage of playing in a neighbouring country.

The other two nations in the group Ivory Coast and Japan are both available at 15/4 (3.60).

The Elephants have qualified for their third successive World Cup and will be looking to make the knockout stages for the first time, while Japan will be aiming to make it out of the group stages as they did back in South Africa 2010.

All four sides will be difficult to beat, with even the supposedly weakest side in the group, Greece, renowned for being obstinate opponents.

The 2004 European Champions are offered at 13/8 (2.62) to finish bottom and at 2/1 (3.00) to qualify, with the small margin between those two prices another indication of how evenly-balanced this group is.

Overall however, if one is looking for a bet here, the price of 4/5 (1.80) for Colombia to finish top should be big enough to interest punters.

While the group is tight, Colombia are the standout team in terms of talent and they will be backed a numerous and vocal support.

Their opponents will be tough to break down but they should have enough quality to win at least two of their group games which should be enough to ensure top spot.

Colombia to win Group C at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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