Colombia vs England World Cup Picks and Predictions 7/3/2018
World Cup Round of 16
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Colombia will take on England at Spartak Stadium in a Round of 16 matchup on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The opening line for this World Cup matchup has Colombia at +280 and England at +100. The total opened at 2.5.
In the final round of 16 game at this year's World Cup, Group H winners Columbia will be going up against Group G runner-up England. Columbia had a bit of a shaky start to their group stage, but finished with two consecutive shutout wins. England, meanwhile were able to score eight goals in three games and played a lot of backups in their lone loss. England are the favorites going into this game, but it's a tough one to predict considering how much game-changing talent both teams have.
Columbia will like its chances in this matchup because they'll know that England seems to struggle against high-attack style teams. The Columbians will want to retain possession in this matchup so their creative stars up front can put as much pressure on the England defense as possible. If they struggle to hold onto the ball, they could be worn down by this English side.
The star striker was only able to pick up one goal during the group stages, but he was a constant menace up front. He is the type of striker that defenses have to pay attention to, which might shut down his chances, but it will open up great opportunities for his teammates. Expect to see him in the box early and often in this one.
The Arsenal keeper has only given up two goals in three games so far in this tournament, but he hasn't faced an offensive team like England yet. The 29-year-old is known for the occasional terrible mistake in goal, but he's also had great stretches where he's looked elite. Columbia will be hoping for the latter version of Ospina in this tilt against England.
England's top lineup played about as well as head coach Gareth Southgate could have hoped in their opening two matches during the group stage. They weren't perfect by any means, but they were defending as a team and they weren't hesitant to put shots on goal. This will be that unit's biggest test yet as they will need to deal with a very good offensive side in Columbia and hope that they can use their talent to win the possession battle and put their defense under pressure from the outset.
The young striker has already shown that Southgate made the right decision by making him captain. Kane is currently the tournament's top scorer with five goals in just two games and he was clutch in the team's win over Tunisia in their first fixture. Columbia doesn't have the best defenders out there, so this will be another chance for Kane to let everyone know that he is one of the top forwards in the world.
Henderson's job will be to keep the midfield positioned correctly and to fill holes left by the defense. Columbia is a solid attacking team with a couple of superstars, so Henderson will want to shut them down and get the ball back into England's possession as quickly as possible. He's going to play a huge role in this game.
Key Colombia Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key England Injuries
No key injuries to report
Who will win tonight's Colombia/England World Cup game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take England +100
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