Colombia vs. England: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

England will attempt to reach just a second Quarter-Final in 28 years when they face Colombia on Tuesday evening.

Colombia recovered from an opening game defeat to Japan to qualify top of Group H.

Victories over Poland and Senegal, with defender Jerry Mina scoring in both, saw Colombia qualify.

England started with wins over Tunisia and Panama, with Harry Kane scoring five goals in the two victories.

They were beaten 1-0 by Belgium in their final group game, meaning they qualified in second spot.

The winner of the tie will face either Switzerland or Sweden in the Quarter-Final of the competition.

Match history
England have never been beaten by Colombia, winning three and drawing twice in their five meetings.

The pair met at the 1998 World Cup, with David Beckham among the scorers in a 2-0 victory.

Last five international meetings
England 3 Colombia 2 – 31/05/05
Colombia 0 England 2 – 26/06/98
England 0 Colombia 0 – 06/09/95
England 1 Colombia 1 – 24/05/88
Colombia 0 England 4 – 20/05/70

Colombia DC – 7/9 with 888 Sport

Team news
James Rodriguez remains a major doubt for Colombia and Luis Muriel will step in if required.

Wilmar Barrios is expected to return to the XI, with Andres Uribe dropping out.

England are set to name the same XI that started the tournament, with Dele Alli fully recovered from a minor injury.

Raheem Sterling is set to keep Marcus Rashford out of the team, with Ashley Young favoured in the left sided role.

Expected starting XI’s
Colombia (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Arias, Sanchez, Mina, Moijca; Barrios, Sanchez; Cuadrado, Quintero, Rodriguez; Falcao
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dele, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane

Predictions

Result: Draw (9/4 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (11/2 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Radamel Falcao (37/13 with 888 Sport)

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