World Cup Round of 16: Colombia v England

The final Round of 16 game will see Group H winners Colombia square off with Group G runners up England in arguably the biggest clash of the Round at Spartak Stadium.

Stats

What’s their current form?
Colombia cruised through their group matches, although suffered an early scare when they fell to Japan 2-1 in their opening match. They bounced back with a 3-0 hiding of Poland and a tight 1-0 victory over Senegal.

England cruised into the Round of 16 after just 2 of their 3 games. They opened with a last gasp 2-1 victory over Tunisia, before blitzing Panama 6-1. They then lost 1-0 to Belgium.

Lineups
Colombia: Ospina; Arias, Zapata, D.Sanchez, Mojica; Aguillar, C.Sanchez; Cuadrado, Quintero, Muriel; Falcao.
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Henderson; Trippier, Lingard, Alli, Rose; Kane, Sterling.

Any interesting facts I should know?
England last lost back-to-back games in June 2014. In their 48 games since, they’ve recorded 31 wins, 11 draws and 6 losses.

What should I be betting on?
Do not fall into the England trap. Colombia are huge value at the price!

Wolf’s Prediction

Will England’s decision to rest players in order to get on the supposed ‘weaker’ side of the draw hurt them… The Wolf definitely thinks so. England have been a punters nightmare for decades and The Wolf will not be falling into the trap. Defensively they were outstanding leading into the tournament with clean sheets against Brazil, Germany and Netherlands. In contrast, they are yet to maintain a clean sheet in Russia having conceded in all three group games. They have won just 2 of their last 7 World Cup games and have just the one clean sheet in that stretch. The Wolf cannot see them keeping out Colombia who have been dominant on the ball and very disciplined in defence. Had it not been for the early red card against Japan, they would have earned maximum points in Group H. Kane is the main threat for them and there is no doubting his quality. Mina and Sanchez were effective in shutting down the big body of Niang against Senegal and will join forces to contain Kane. The Wolf has concerns of how England will respond if they fall behind or struggle to score. History suggests that either will have a considerable mental impact. Colombia have shown that they can consistently find the back of the net (8 consecutive World Cup matches) and The wolf sees that as a critical factor. Colombia by multiple goals is huge value!

Recommended Bets

Best: Double Chance – Colombia or Draw ($1.70)
Other: To Qualify – Colombia ($2.50)
Value: Colombia WIN & Over 2.5 goals ($7.50)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on July 3. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on July 4th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Colombian star midfielder James Rodriguez is set to miss this game with a calf injury. It’s not known how long he’ll be sidelined for just yet either.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 5 games between these sides, with England scoring 3 wins while the other 2 matches were drawn. They last met in 2005 where England won 3-2.

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