Today’s Predictions: Colombia Vs England
Colombia (3) 1 – 1 (4) England *
The final round of 16 match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is one of the most anticipated matches of the round, as England take on Colombia in a highly unpredictable tie.
- Date : 3rd July 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Otkrytie Stadium
England have surprised many with their dominating displays in the World Cup so far, leading many to believe this could be the first England team in recent years to post a decent challenge for the trophy. Colombia, on the other hand, recovered well from an early defeat and looks like a team in form.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
England had a near perfect qualification campaign, with 8 wins and two away draws against Slovakia and Scotland. They scored 18 and conceded just 3 goals in a favourable group with just Slovakia as their nearest challengers. They won the group with an 8-point margin, with Harry Kane leading the way with 5 goals.
Colombia were not very convincing during the qualifers, with not a single win against the sides ranked higher than them, including a home and away defeat to Argentina. However, they did not lose any ground against the lower ranked teams, and a resounding win over the previously unbeaten Ecuador and a an away draw against Peru on the final day earned them automatic qualification.
England have been unbeaten in their last 6 matches, with 3 draws and 3 wins. Credible draws against Brazil, Germany and Italy and a big win over The Netherlands helped Gareth Southgate’s young squad to gain some much needed confidence. Their most recent match against Costa Rica ended in a dominant 2-0 win.
Colombia have 2 wins and 3 defeats in their last 6 matches, but they suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to South Korea in November last year. Just a week after thrashing China 4-0, Colombia earned their biggest win in recent times when they beat tournament favourites France 3-2 in March. They’ve had 2 goalless draws in their most recent fixtures, an improvement to their otherwise erratic defence.
Colombia and England in the World Cup So Far
England earned 3 crucial points in their opening game against Tunisia, with Harry Kane scoring an important brace, including a dramatic stoppage time winner. The 3 lions played attractive football but found it hard to break down an average defence, something they’ll have to work on.
Colombia had the worst possible start to their World Cup campaign with a red card within the first few minutes, leading to a penalty that Japan scored and proceeded to have the upper hand throughout the match. The South Americans showed great spirit however, coming back from 1-0 down despite being a man down, but eventually conceded another winner and lost. In their second game, they truly made amends as they completely thrashed Poland 3-0 to take control of their qualification chances.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 3 times before, with England winning 2 of those and 1 ending in a draw.
Gareth Southgate had some tough decisions to make when it came to finalizing the 23 man World Cup squad. The biggest exclusion was Ryan Bertrand, dropped in favour of Danny Rose and Ashley Young. Chris Smalling couldn’t find a place either, while Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere were deemed not fit enough to board the plane to Russia.
Colombia do not have any major injury worries, with their main striker Radamel Falcao determined to make up for missing out last time. Many new young players have been added to the batch of 2014, none more impressive than Barcelona’s towering center back Yerry Mina and attacking midfielder Edwin Cardona. Carlos Sanchez is still suspended following his straight red card against Japan.
Players To Watch Out For
Harry Kane is England’s best hope in recent years to fire them to World Cup glory, with the prolific marksman one of the favourites for the golden boot. His Spurs’ teammate Dele Alli along with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling will aid him in attack. Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Chelsea hotshot Ruben Loftus Cheek have been impressive of late and could lock down a permanent spot in the starting lineup.
The last World Cup’s golden boot winner James Rodriguez is still the biggest star in the side, having regained his form and confidence at Bayern Munich. He would be central to whatever they create in attack once again. Radamel Falcao and Caros Bacca would be looking to carry their club form to the World Cup to establish a lethal attacking partnership. Juan Cuadrado and Quintero have been in great form as well.
England Vs Colombia Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- England failed to qualify from the group stages for the first time since 1958, when they were knocked out in 2014.
- England are the clear favourites in this clash, with their form considered to be much better than the South Americans.
- This will be Colombia’s 7th World Cup appearance, and they won 4 out of their 5 matches at the 2014 World Cup to reach the final 8.
- Harry Kane has successfully carried his club form to this tournament. And is one of the favourites to win the golden boot. We recommend betting on him to score first in this match.
- Colombia have a strong attack, but their defence tends to leak in easy goals, especially their keeper David Ospina, who endured a frustrating season at Arsenal, and is capable of making crucial mistakes.
This match could well be one of the most unpredictable matches of the round, as Colombia do have the element of surprise, and can stun the favourites with their intensity. We believe it will be a scored draw in 90 minutes, with England eventually qualifying after that.
Our Predicted Score line : England 1-1 Colombia (England to win after extra time).