France Vs Germany
The Maracana plays host to this mouth-watering tie between these two European giants.
The Germans have looked a little lacklustre since their opening day mauling of Portugal and struggled once more against minnows Algeria. If it weren’t for Manuel Neuer, who was almost playing as a centre half, Joachim Low’s side would already be on the plane home. Following their impressive opening games, Les Bleus have been cast amongst the tournament favourites but they remain an extremely inexperienced team in comparison to Germany.
I just can’t choose between these two nations and I think a penalty shoot-out will settle this one … With the Germans edging it!
Prediction 1-1 (Germany to win on penalties)
Brazil Vs Colombia
Two of the remaining three South American nations in the competition face off in Fortaleza for a spot in the semi-finals. Brazil’s unconvincing performances this summer continued against Chile and they were only able to overcome their neighbours courtesy of a penalty shoot-out.
For me Colombia have looked like the best side in the World Cup so far. They have scored plenty of goals and play attractive football and in James Rodriguez have arguably the player of the tournament up until now. I tipped him to shine a few weeks ago and I’m glad he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves, fantastic player!
This is probably the biggest game in Colombian football history and I don’t think they’ll disappoint!