The South American flair will collide against more functional European contingent when Colombia meet England in the Round of 16 match on Tuesday. Colombia will be aiming to repeat what they did last time in this stage and advance to the Quarter Finals, while the high flying Enlish side will be keen to write their own piece of history.
Setting the Scene:
Colombia finished as group H winners while England finished as the second placed side in group G. Both the teams have a huge chance to dare for the dream as many big teams are already out of the tournamnet.
Los Cafeteros have a major injury concern as their talisman James Rodriguez is doubtful and may miss the match against England. He limped off in the match against Senegal and mising James can be significant for Colombia. Falcao will lead the line and Izquierdo may come in the team if James Rodriguez can’t make it in the starting line up.
England’s Dele Alli has passed his fitness and is back in contention for a start on Tuesday, while John Stones is also available after he sustained a knock in the last match against Belgium. But the Three Lions will not have the service of Fabian Delph as he flew to England for the birth of his child. Jordan Henderson of Liverpool is expected to play in the midfield while City’s Sterling will pair with Kane.
A win means a Quarter Final awaits either against Sweden or Switzerland- this will inspire both the sides as they will be aiming to cross the hurdle on Tuesday. Colombia’s stuttering start to the tournament was rectified as the South Americans have won their last two matches, while England blew past Panama but lost against Belgium in the final game of the group.
England will bank on Harry Kane who has already netted 5 goals, but the Colombians are also a team with substance, and it promises to be a great encounter. The English side were beaten by Germany last time when they were in the knock out stages, and they will be aiming to make amends of that.
England will bank on Harry Kane
Probable Line Up:
Colombia: Ospina; Arias, Mina, Sanchez, Mojica; Sanchez, Uribe; Cuadrado, Quintero, Izquierdo; Falcao
England: Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young; Henderson, Lingard, Alli; Sterling, Kane
Betting Odds: (via skybet)
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