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Colombia v England preview: Will Three Lions reach the last eight?

| 03.07.2018

Germany have gone. Spain have sunk. Argentina? Already home. Portugal? They’ve perished. Is this shaping up to be England’s year?

They face Colombia tonight with a place in the World Cup quarter-finals at stake. And if they win, the draw has really opened up for them.

England are 23/20 favourites to win in 90 minutes here. Colombia are 14/5 and the draw is 2/1.

We’ve also got England at 8/15 to reach the last eight, with Colombia at 11/8.

The South American side have been one of the most exciting sides in Russia so far. But they could be without James Rodriguez here. Losing their chief creator would be a huge blow.

That doesn’t mean the Three Lions can start getting complacent though. England have only won one knockout game since 2002, after all.

There should be a quiet confidence though. Gareth Southgate’s side have a clear plan, plenty of youthful pace and energy, and they’re a real threat from set-pieces. They have a genuinely world-class striker in Harry Kane too.

But anything can happen on the big stage. It’s 9/2 that this one goes all the way to a penalty shoot-out. It’s a toss-up from there. England and Colombia are both 10/1 to win on penalties.

Even if Rodriguez isn’t fit, both teams have plenty of attacking quality. We go 6/5 for Both Sides to Score.

Kane is leading the race for the Golden Boot with five strikes so far. He’s 3/1 to open the scoring in Moscow or 6/5 to score Anytime.

Raheem Sterling is 5/2 to get his first international goal since October 2015 tonight.

Colombia will be looking to Radamel Falcao to hit the back of the net. We’ve got the veteran at 11/5 to do just that.

Luis Muriel could be one to watch too. He’s in line to feature if Rodriguez misses out. The Sevilla forward’s 7/2 to get on the scoresheet.

Click here for the latest Colombia v England odds.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication



Daniel Anwar

Daniel has covered sports for Squawka, FourFourTwo and iSportconnect. He is a naively optimistic Arsenal fan and is also passionate about music, film and chicken wings.