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Many observers are expecting big things from Jose Pekerman's men and our tipster is backing them to get their World Cup 2014 campaign off to a solid start by claiming victory here

One of the so-called dark horses for World Cup 2014 open their campaign on Saturday evening when Colombia take on 2004 European champions Greece in their opening Group C fixture.

Jose Pekerman’s men will certainly come into the competition in confident mood, having lost just one of their last 12 fixtures, although the loss of key striker Radamel Falcao is a massive blow for the South Americans.

Despite the absence of the Monaco striker, Colombia are considered as favourites to get their campaign off to winning ways this weekend and can be backed at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365 to get the better of Greece.

Fernando Santos’ side defeated Romania 4-2 in a play-off to reach Brazil and, given their vast experience in major tournaments, they are likely to attract plenty of support at a chunky 17/4 (5.25) with bet365 to get the better of the South Americans. The draw can be backed at 12/5 (3.40) with the same firm.

Colombia have found the net in 10 of their last 11 matches but it is worth noting that Greece conceded just four goals in 10 group matches on the road to Rio de Janeiro and they will be keen to keep things tight on Saturday.

With that in mind, it is somewhat unsurprising that bet365 offer just 4/9 (1.44) for fewer than three goals to be scored when these two sides go head-to-head in Belo Horizonte while the same firm offer 8/15 (1.53) that either side fails to find the net.

The in-form South Americans, though, should have the edge here and there is value in backing Colombia to win to nil at a juicy 6/4 (2.50) with bet365 while the even money (2.0) quote from the same firm for Jose Pekerman’s side to net in the first half – as they have done in each of their last three fixtures – is also tempting.

However, punters are instead advised to keep things simple and the 17/20 (1.85) quote from bet365 for Colombia to claim all three points from this Group C encounter represents sufficient value to be worthy of support here.

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Colombia to win at 17/20 (1.85) for a 2pts stake with bet365

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