Colombia vs. England odds, lines, expert picks, and insider predictions

Colombia vs. England odds, lines, expert picks, and insider predictions

Colombia vs. England odds, lines, expert picks, and insider predictions

Colombia's defeat of Uruguay in the last World Cup in Brazil four years ago secured the Andean nation's best ever finish at the tournament as they eventually went out to the hosts in the quarter-finals.

Because not only are Colombia a risky proposition, with James Rodriguez potentially being fit to line up alongside other phenomenal attacking talents such as Juan Quintero, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado, but it would be so very English to start running before we can walk. Harry Kane gave them the lead early in the second half, before a last-gasp Colombia equalizer sent the game to extra time.

The subject of fan debate for England has been whether coach Gareth Southgate did the right thing by taking it easy against Belgium, because it put England in what looks to be the better half of the knockout draw. However, this young side has nothing to fear and will be looking to relay the ghosts of England teams past.

On Monday he said he had no feelings of revenge when Colombia meet England in Moscow's Spartak Stadium but was ready to deliver a fine performance.

Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), and Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). The reason was not hard to understand: "Belgium played far more creative, imaginative and positive soccer". One player who could lose his spot in the starting lineup though, is Dele Alli. This is likely to come down to the form of the two attacks, which is where Harry Kane outshines Falcao.

In reality, England have a poor record in knockout football at the World Cup.

Sweden, Gustav Svensson advance to quarterfinals with win over Switzerland
Tinkering between strikers, he has now started three different forwards to lead the line in Switzerland's four World Cup matches. Eventually Sweden capitalized when their brightest spark, Forsberg, struck thanks to the deflection off the unfortunate Akanji.

"This tournament has many games and not much time to recover so this is obviously an advantage for England", he said.

Colombia and England last met competitively at the 1998 World Cup with a David Beckham-inspired Three Lions prevailing on a 2-0 scoreline against what was considered to the end of an era for a golden generation of Colombian players.

Southgate, who himself missed the deciding penalty in the 1996 European Championship semifinals, has embraced psychology as a key part of England's preparation.

This is as even a game as Croatia vs Denmark was to call. "We're facing Japan, we've got to be ready for it", he said. "If I'm on the pitch, I want to take one. I don't think we should stop that".

Jordan Pickford keeps his place in goal despite some criticism in the media for his part in Adnan Januzaj's victor for Belgium in the final group match.

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