Best bet: Draw 1-1. A €100 bet nets you €550. Best bet: Draw 0-0. A €100 bet nets you €700. Best bet: England to win 2-0. A $100 bet nets you $750. Best bet: England to win 2-1. A $100 bet nets you $850. Best bet: Colombia to win 1-0. A ₦10000 bet nets you ₦70000.
Colombia and England will face each other on this Tuesday, July 3 at 20:00 Hrs (CET) in the round of 16.
Both teams come into this encounter with an excellent form. The South Americans finished the group stages as the leaders of their group.
England, who were leaders of their group until the final game of the group against Belgium.
They lost 1-0, thanks to an amazing goal from Adnan Januzaj.
There have been some conspiracy theories floating around. Fans accused England of deliberately trying to lose against Belgium in order to lose their lead.
Why would they do that you might ask so that they could face relatively 'easier' teams like Colombia in the round of 16 and either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-final?
However, the Colombians should not be underestimated, they are a strong side and are ready to offer England a run for their money.
Get ready to be surprised a lot of fans in a world cup which has already been witness to several upsets.
South Korea denied Germany the chance to qualify for the knockout stages, the last time they failed to qualify for the knockout stages was 50 years ago. Spain was knocked out by Russia and Portugal by Uruguay.
England and Colombia have only met once in the world cup in 1998. England won that match 2-0 thanks to goals from Darren Anderton and superstar, David Beckham.
That was the last time Colombia failed to score in a match at the World Cup finals.
They have scored in each of their subsequent eight outings at the tournament, the longest run without a blank of any side in the competition at the end of the 2018 group stage.
Not one of Colombia’s 21 previous World Cup finals games has ended goalless, while the Three Lions have only failed to net in one of their previous 18 knockout outings at the tournament.
England has won just two of their past eight knockout games at the tournament (v Denmark in 2002 and Ecuador in 2006).
Here's another important fact, especially for punters, 50% of their knockout games at the tournament, since (and including) the 1966 World Cup final, have gone to extra-time (seven out of fourteen).
Three were decided on penalties, with all three shootouts going the way of their adversaries (Germany 1990, Argentina 1998, Portugal 2006).
Rumoured Tottenham transfer target Juan Quintero has been directly involved in three of the South Americans’ five goals so far in Russia, scoring in their opening fixture and assisting goals against Poland and Japan.
Harry Kane has played just 153 minutes at World Cup finals but has scored 6 goals from 6 shots on target. That's an impressive 100% shooting accuracy!
If Kane justifies odds of 6/5 in bagging anytime against Los Cafeteros, he’ll become the first Englishman to score in six consecutive games for their country since Tommy Lawton back in 1939.
Colombia and England recent results
Pekermann’s team have the greatest strength in their individual play winners.
Mina is certainly one of the surprises, although superstars like Rodriguez, Cuadrado and Falcao, have performed below expectations, they are all capable to win games with a decisive play.
However, against England, they must be careful, especially defensively, given the many mistakes caused by their defenders in previous games, especially Sánchez in the first match against Japan.
This year the English squad seems to be well balanced and organised. Harry Kane has imposed himself at the top of the scorer standings. The defense is not committing frequent mistakes.
However, against Belgium, the reserves did not provide that dynamism that was expected. If the aim is to go all the way, they have to work harder together helping the youngsters to face the toughest opponents like Colombia.
PROBABLE SQUADS AND FORMATIONS:
Both sides have each an injury concern. The South Americans are waiting to get more news about James Rodriguez’s injury.
If he does not recover then his substitute is already ready with the former Sampdoria player Luis Muriel to take his place.
Over on the English side, it is almost certain that they will be without their center-back goal scorer Stones, who should be replaced by Maguire.
In midfield, Dele Alli is expected to start instead of Loftus-Cheek. For the rest, nothing will change compared to the usual eleven for both teams.
Colombia (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Arias, Mina, D. Sánchez, Mojica; Uribe, C. Sánchez; Ju. Cuadrado, Quintero, Rodríguez; Falcao. Coach: Pekerman
England (3-4-3): Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Cahill; Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Young; Lingard, Kane, Sterling. Coach: Southgate
OUR PREDICTION AND TIPS
Our algorithm is predicting England to win this game this game and make it to the quarterfinal stage of the competition at 34% probability.
The England players are fresher and with James Rodriguez doubtful, we do not think Colombia will have enough to win.
We are getting a great price to wager on England to win this game at 2.40 odds and as a result, in our opinion, the outright result market is the best betting option.
In addition to that, we can also recommend the under 2.5 goals at 1.45 odds. Knockout games tend to be low scoring so this bet should have high probability chances.
You could bet on both teams to score considering the statistics we shared. We would also bet on Harry Kane to score a goal.
If you are feeling adventurous enough, you can bet on the game being decided on extra time based on the statistics we shared.