Group H winners Colombia meet runners-up from Group G England in knockout action with a Quarter-Final place up for grabs. The South Americans started their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Japan, but two convincing wins against Poland and Senegal secured their passage to the Round of 16.
Where and when: Otkritie Arena, Moscow – 3 July, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Colombia vs. England: ITV
Last time: Michael Owen hit a memorable hat-trick in England’s absorbing 3-2 win when the nations last met in in 2005. Mario Yepes and Aldo Ramirez netted for La Tricolor but The Three Lions ultimately held on.
|Colombia to win 3-2||55/1||Offer|
|Sending off in the match||19/5||Offer|
|Goals in both halves||7/6||Offer|
Colombia v England Predictions and Preview
With two wins and one defeat each respectively, it promises to be a fascinating watch between two talented squads. Beyond the obvious name for La Tricolor, Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel, Cristian Zapata and José Izquierdo have all seen little game time and José Pékerman can look to the bench safe in the knowledge he has good options at his disposal.
The Colombia boss is sweating on the fitness of star man James Rodriguez after the Madrid owned playmaker limped off in the first-half against Senegal. If the 2014 Golden Boot winner misses out, Muriel is expected to deputise and the Sevilla striker is 19/2 to register anytime during the contest while La Tricolor are 3/1 to emerge victorious in 90 minutes, and 11/8 to qualify outright.
In the other camp, opponents England will welcome back captain and tournament top scorer Harry Kane after the talisman sat out the loss against Belgium. The Tottenham Hotspur striker is in lethal form, hitting five from his first two appearances and was a real miss against Roberto Martinez’ second string. Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy stepped in for Kane and Raheem Sterling but both are likely to find themselves on the sidelines again. Sterling is 7/2 to register last while Kane is 2/1 to open proceedings.
The Three Lions are heavily backed at 11/10 to win in regulation time and 8/15 to progress to the last eight. Meanwhile, England to win from behind is 14/1 while Colombia are 25/1 in the same betting.
One to watch for Colombia: Falcao. The Monaco skipper has been injury free for 24 months and looks back to his best after scoring 39 league goals in the past two seasons. If Colombia are to advance to the next stage, much will depend on their number nine and Falcao is 4/1 to open the scoring.
One to watch for England: Jesse Lingard. The 25-year-old was missed in the defeat against Belgium and offers the ingenuity in an otherwise workmanlike England midfield. The Manchester United man is 9/1 to net anytime during the showdown.
Long shot: After favourable matches against Tunisia and Panama, the real work starts now for England and in Colombia, a genuine test awaits. The South Africans are packed with hardened and experiences professionals, couple with the stardust of Rodriguez and Falcao. Despite this, Southgate’s young guns have made quite the impression on the tournament and an England win on penalties is priced at 9/1.