Senegal vs Colombia Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
28th June – 15:00 GMT
Group H – Samara Stadium
Senegal vs Colombia Predictions
Senegal will be remembered for their exploits in 2002 when they were victorious against France in their opening game of the tournament. They haven’t been able to replicate those heroics since but, under the stewardship of 2002-hero Aliou Cisse, they are expected to make an impact in Group H this summer. They could realistically qualify for the knock-out rounds and picking up three points against Colombia will greatly enhance their chances of progressing beyond the group. Colombia had a tremendous 2014 World Cup but have been inconsistent since and will hope to rediscover their form in Russia. This could be a hugely competitive 90 minutes, which is likely to be packed full of talking points.
Head to Head
These two sides have only previously met on one occasion. The pair played one another in an international friendly in 2014 with the two teams playing out a hugely-entertaining 2-2 draw. Colombia raced into a two-goal lead but were pegged back in the second half.
Colombia 2-2 Senegal – 31/05/2014
Sadio Mane – Mane’s explosive pace will cause problems for a number of teams at the 2018 World Cup. He hasn’t always enjoyed success for the national team but he is full of confidence and scored in the Champions League final. Senegal will be looking to get the Liverpool striker on the ball as often as possible and he could potentially hurt this Colombian defence.
James Rodriguez – 2014’s top goalscorer is back and he will be keen to carry on where he left off. He netted six times in Brazil and is showing signs of a return to form. He will relish linking up with Radamel Falcao, who is fit enough to participate in this tournament.
15:00 – Samara Stadium