The tilt between Colombia and England will be played at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow on July 3rd. Colombia still remembers a World Cup clash with England and a 2-0 loss in France 1998, so eliminating them 20 years later would be a nice way to get a revenge.
Colombia vs. England
Three-Way: 1: Colombia +300; X: +220 Draw; 2: England +114
Spread +0.5: Colombia +106; England -139
Total 2.5 goals: Over -127; Under +114
The Coffee Growers managed to top the Group H ahead of Japan and Senegal, but it seemed they lacked concentration and consistency, which cannot be tolerated if they want to defeat favored England. Colombia managed to get a grip following a surprising loss to Japan in the opener at the World Cup, but after displaying a great performance in a 3-0 victory over Poland, they didn’t impress in a narrow and had to be said, rather undeserved 1-0 win over Senegal who was a better team in that duel. The point is that Colombia didn’t deserve to get to the Round of 16 thanks to one good display, but they had luck, which is also important in football. Colombia chances to win the World Cup are now +2200, while the Coffee Growers are +333 to reach the semi-finals.
The Three Lions secured a place in the knockout phase after the opening two wins over Tunisia and Panama, and although the strength of those opponents cannot give us a clear picture and the clear idea about England’s quality, they have a relatively open path to reach the semi-finals. England has the top scorer at the World Cup at this moment, Harry Kane, and one of the hottest strikers in the last few seasons, and it seems that he has the mental strength to drive this generation forward. Tottenham’s striker proved that with five goals in just two games as Gareth Southgate decided to rest him against Belgium. Southgate evidently opted for a weakened team in that clash and didn’t care to win, so England could be handed an easier draw, and we will see if that calculation will be his mistake.
England seems as a strong squad and even though they had a superstar individual in the team, other players are heavily involved in attacking play as well, so I believe they have more weapons to hurt Colombia than the other way around. If James Rodriguez can’t make it in time to be fit to face the Three Lions, which should be England’s advantage here.