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2014 World Cup: 10 Bold Predictions for the Quarterfinals

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10 Bold Predictions for the Quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup

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The World Cup quarterfinals will bring viewers surprises, some being unexpected and others practically written. The quarterfinals should go down as some of the most shocking yet entertaining matches in tournament history. After all, it is the World Cup and we are in 2014. Times are changing.

10. Wesley Sneijder Will Outshine Arjen Robben for the Netherlands

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10. Wesley Sneijder Will Outshine Arjen Robben for the Netherlands

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Sneijder scored the equalizer against Mexico seemingly out of nowhere. His passing, running and ability to control the play down the middle was mandatory for the Netherlands' success. Now he will even outshine Arjen Robben, who will be covered by more than one defender most of the time.

9. Belgium Will Defeat Argentina

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9. Belgium Will Defeat Argentina

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Belgium will defeat Argentina on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals. Their ability to attack, defend, counter and outmaneuver opponents individually and as a team has been remarkable thus far. Argentina have relied heavily on Leo Messi and Angel di Maria, who will be unable to carry the team against too much talent.

8. Angel di Maria Will Finally Meet His Match

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8. Angel di Maria Will Finally Meet His Match

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Angel di Maria had to save the day against a very tough Swiss side in the Round of 16. Now that they will face a better offensive team, his abilities alone will not be able to guarantee a semifinal appearance. His speed, skill and eye for the goal will be useful, but his defense will let him down and the Belgian onslaught will be too much to handle.

7. Karim Benzema Will Have Superb Game Against Germany

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7. Karim Benzema Will Have Superb Game Against Germany

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Karim Benzema will continue his decent form in front of frame as the striker in France's 4-3-3 set-up. He will be looked at to hold the ball up and at times create his own opportunities. The German defense was shaky against Algeria, but they did not have a player of Benzema's abilities on the ground. He will dissect their defense.

6. Philipp Lahm Will Play a Great Game

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6. Philipp Lahm Will Be Germany's Best Player

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Philipp Lahm is Germany's captain because he is their most consistent player in top form. He can play at right back or in the midfield with his abilities ranging from locking down opponents to creating chances for his teammates. He will play his usual game against France, but his performance will be insufficient to take down the dominant French side.

5. France Will Defeat Germany

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5. France Will Defeat Germany

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France will be facing a favorable Germany side in the quarterfinals, but they are a team that has not faced a superior attacking side such as themselves this far in the tournament. They do not have a great striker who is young, and they rely heavily on their midfielders to make things happen. Also, they leave their defense vulnerable more times than not. France has the tools to break them down easily.

4. ulio Cesar Will Finally Run Out of Luck

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4. Julio Cesar Will Finally Run Out of Luck

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Julio Cesar will finally run out of luck between the posts. He jumped off his line during the penalties and the referee pretended not to see anything wrong. Also, Chile's Mauricio Pinilla rocked his crossbar before the kicks in extra time, which bailed him out divinely. His true colors will show this game.

3. Brazil's Game Plan Will Let Them Down

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3. Brazil's Game Plan Will Let Them Down

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Brazil's 4-2-3-1 attacking style will let them down as David Luiz and Thiago Silva, alone at the back, will get stuck several times against a high-flying Colombian side. Neymar will try his best to lead the team going forward, but his selfishness will bite him in the end. They are facing a young Colombian side (minus some veterans) that have been playing a beautiful and smooth style of soccer. They will be difficult to beat.

2. Jose Peckerman Will Outsmart Luiz Felipe Scolari

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2. Jose Peckerman Will Outsmart Luiz Felipe Scolari

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Jose Peckerman put together a bunch of youngsters and some veterans to play in a 4-4-2 that has allowed them to defeat everyone so far. Brazil is the host and has the backing from many fans, but coach Peckerman will know not to up the managing of Luiz Felipe Scolari, who allows players to do whatever they want. Peckerman allows some freedom in addition to discipline, which mainly runs the team. Colombia should win this match and not by an upset.

1. James Rodriguez Will Run the Colombian Engine

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1. James Rodriguez Will Run the Colombian Engine

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James Rodriguez has scored five goals already in his first four games. He will be facing a defense that is tough, but since he can score from distance, he will find a way past them and Julio Cesar at the back. His vision, passing, energy, scoring and overall soccer IQ are ridiculous for a 22-year-old. He will not be short of help either as he will definitely spread the field as he trusts his teammates more than the Brazilians trust one another.