England v Colombia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Three Lions to defend unbeaten record

England v Colombia - World Cup 2018

England v Colombia Betting Prediction – World Cup 2018 3rd July – 7.00 p.m

The South Americans were the toughest opposition that England could have landed themselves against in the round of sixteen and it has happened. The benefit though is that if England can pull through this game then the draw favours them to reach the semi-finals. Colombia are going to be no pushover as they are capable of a very strong performance. But they are more conservative than England, so will the positive attacking threat of the Three Lions win the day? Read our England v Colombia predictions to find out how we think this game is going to go.

England News and Form

England have shown, at least in their first two performances of the 2018 World cup that they can be a force to be reckoned with. Granted easier tests against Tunisia and Panama don’t prove a lot and as they put out a reserve side against Belgium’s reserves in the final group stage match, it was hard to get anything from that. So this will be England’s first real test of the World Cup and they may have to show some patience in breaking down a strong side. Their rested stronger starters have the chance to snap straight back into action and really there shouldn’t be any drama of them losing that game against Belgium. Harry Kane is on a mission towards the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot with a five-goal haul so far and Kane is the 6/5 anytime goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.). England are solely going to be reliant on him for goals as it’s hard to see where the backup support is going to come from.

England v Colombia World Cup 2018 Infographic

England were on a twelve match undefeated streak of form before that loses against Belgium, winning four in a row. It is not a game that you can take anything from though and even though England ends up with the tougher round of sixteen tie (it could have been Japan) the Three Lions have to win games regardless of who is in front of them. England are a far more positive side than Colombia are but we only see a success for the Three Lions in this game being by a one-goal margin at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.). England haven’t been past the round of sixteen since beating Ecuador in 2006. They arrived in Russia with the third youngest squad and this is where they are going to be put to the test. The one concern for them is that they didn’t keep a clean sheet in that group stage.

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Colombia News and Form

It has been a bit of an odd tournament for Colombia. Things got off to a bad start as they picked up a red card in the first five minutes of their opener against Japan which they lost 2-1. Then they looked like world beaters in taking out a very poor Poland side 3-0 and then they were in a strangely mutated final game against Senegal, Colombia winning 1-0. So that is back to back clean sheets for them and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 19/40 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.) and that makes for a very good England v Colombia prediction. Things are going to get tense now in the knockout stage of the competition as teams don’t want to throw anything away. During their qualification for the World Cup, Colombia were a stronger defensive side than an offensive side. They have taken four wins in their last twelve games which isn’t hot form (D4 L3) so England will have their chances here.

Los Cafeteros will show defensive strength and organisation and they have conceded in just one of their last five games so another good Colombia v England prediction is both teams not to score is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.). Colombia are not the most prolific side in attack, averaging around a goal per game in qualification and they have scored just the five goals in their last five games and three of those were in that win over Poland. Radamel Falcao is their big hero up front and he is at 6/1 in the first goalscorer market but England’s youthful defence could be ok against his ageing legs. Colombia’s main man James Rodriguez is a doubt for this one, and England’s cause with further if he doesn’t make it.

England v Colombia Head to Head

England and Colombia have met five times before with England never having lost against the South Americans. They have won three and drawn two against Colombia and their includes their 1998 World Cup success against them by a 2-0 scoreline. England have kept a clean sheet in three of their five previous games against Los Cafeteros.

England v Colombia Betting Odds*

England 11/10
Draw 23/10
Colombia 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.)

England v Colombia Predictions

We see England getting through this but only but the one goal margin and that is our England v Colombia prediction. Colombia haven’t been in the greatest of form and one good performance against Poland doesn’t make them a tremendous threat. England, as long as they stick to what has been working for them, can get through this.