Place: Russia. Otkritie Arena. Moscow.
Date: on the 3rd of July 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 – play-off -1/8 finals
Colombia has received very serious rival in 1/8 finals of the World Cup 2018 – the national team of England. But Colombia is not a gift for England. Colombians have spent great group stage and have managed to get into the playoffs after unsuccessful start in the match with Japan (1:2). Then Pekerman’s team has suffered some reorganization and has managed to gain two victories: Poland (3:0) and Senegal (1:0). Reliable defense and the effective attack and also wide experience on the international scene – these are the components of success of Colombia.
The team can be proud of qualitative football players and this is the best generation of players in the history of this South American national team. Falcao, Rodriguez, Sanchez, Arias, Izquierdo, Cuadrado, Mina, Ospina – all these stars of the Colombian national team which are familiar to most of the football fans by their game in star European clubs.
England is unpredictable team which has won against Tunisia (2:1) and Panama (6:1) at the group stage of World Cup 2018. Later there was a semi-friendly match in a final round with Belgium and Belgians have managed to overplay Britain (0:1). Gareth Southgate became an interesting decision as a coach of the English national team and, meanwhile, he is proving his ability to manage this ambitious national team.
The squad of British at the same time is skilled and is also full of perspective youth. Such players as Cahill, Young, Walker and Henderson are very famous and are among for a long time the leaders of the English national team. But there are also young stars: Kane, Alli, Stones, Pickford which are the future of this national team and Southgate can rely on them. For England this match is a fine chance to confirm the status of the grandee of the international football.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Colombia vs England
Bookmakers propose interesting coefficients on this match, estimating the victory of Colombia for 4.22, England to win for 2.15, and draw outcome – 3.22. An advantage of England is explained by the high status of Britain in world football and the team of Southgate in the World Cup is not weaker than Colombians. Total over 2.5 for 2.73, total under 2.5 for 1.54.
England is a “dark horse” in this match as we perfectly know what to wait from Colombia. England will spend rather difficult match but also South Americans are obviously not ready to this tournament as we saw this in the game against Japan. We are waiting in this game the victory of Britain due to more balanced squad.