Colombia vs England
Colombia were the victims of how their first opening game at World Cup against Japan developed. However, everything improved for them as the competition continued and they managed to get the first position in their group in the end.
After that starting defeat against Japan, the side recorded very impressive performance and victory over Polish national team with a 3:0 result. Finally, they sealed the first position in the group with a narrow 1:0 three pointer against Senegal last Thursday afternoon.
Only goal was scored in 74th minute via Mina in a game where they had more of the ball possession and looked like controlling the ball better, but Senegalese had their chances too. In the end Colombia ended up having two points more than Japan and Senegal and three more than fourth placed Poland.
Offensive James Rodriguez is highly doubtful with an injury here. As well as midfielder Abel Aguilar who played only thirty minutes in the last round. Falcao should be leading their attack. Muriel, Cuadrado and Quintero should be offensive support.
England, on the other side, did well in the group stage with two starting victories over Panama and Tunisia. The side secured the knockout stage with these two wins, while their third round game against Belgium only determined who's gonna progress from first and second position.
In the end both teams fielded quite rotated squad with the English manager Southgate even saying that they did want to end up second in the group. The game wasn't that interesting as neither of the teams wanted to risk more and actually looked like trying to preserve energy as well. Only goal was scored by Januzaj in 51st minute of the match with nice individual effort.
Overall the game was quite passive and neither of the teams showed much. Kane will be their lone striker, leading the attack together with Lingard and Sterling acting as offensive midfielders. John Stones is doubtful with a calf problem.
England could be narrow favorites here in case James Rodriguez doesn't play, but even so I don't agree with the current odds. We've already seen that the Colombians are moving the ball really well in the midfield section and even though the English side showed some of the quality till now - it was against below pair Tunisia and Panama. Value is with Colombia this time.
Colombia vs England prediction
Colombia 0 Asian handicap @ 2.89 with Pinnacle