Football is a sport besieged by pessimism and taking things ‘one game at a time’, but the reality is that all of the teams in the bottom half of the World Cup 2018 draw are getting excited at the prospect of reaching the final of the competition. Who will take a step closer here? Let’s take a look with our England vs Colombia betting tips.
For a long time, England have had excellent footballers at their disposal; the generation of Scholes, Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney still fresh in many fans’ minds.
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But the Three Lions haven’t felt like a team for a while; just a disparate set of individuals. The likes of Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and even Japan have shown how the collective force is often more powerful than the efforts of the individual.
In 2018, it feels as if Gareth Southgate has finally created a team environment to house his talented English players.
That makes the Three Lions a dangerous animal, and in a World Cup of opportunities there’s is as strong as anybody’s.
First up, they must overcome Colombia on Tuesday evening; no small task in itself.
The South Americans can play – boy, can they play – and even without the potentially-injured James Rodriguez they are a force to be reckoned with.
So who will prevail in Moscow? Our England vs Colombia betting tips aim to find out.
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England vs Colombia Betting Tips
As well as that team aesthetic, football is about individual battles too. Getting on top of your opposite number is crucial for success, and England vs Colombia is likely to be dominated by personal clashes all over the pitch.
There are three that stand out on Tuesday….
First up, it’s Raheem Sterling vs Johan Mojica. The Colombian left back has struggled at times in this tournament – indeed, he was torn a new one by Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr last time out – and you wonder if Southgate will deploy Sterling as an out-and-out winger, rather than central support to Harry Kane.
If he does, the Manchester City man’s pace and directness will frighten the life out of Mojica.
Another individual battle will pitch Juan Quintero against Jordan Henderson.
Quintero has been a little magician for the Colombians in this World Cup, and has largely been at the heart of their best passages of play. With question marks over the fitness of James Rodriguez, his importance will be enhanced yet further.
Henderson is pivotal for England, too. He has responsibility for starting attacks with his simple passing range, but will also need to be mindful of Quintero drifting into the pockets of space in front of England’s defence.
It could be an exhausting evening for the Liverpool man, but he’s up to the task.
The final battle, and one that could do the most to decide the fate of this match, is Harry Kane against Tottenham club mate Davinson Sanchez.
Kane will have the upper hand, make no mistake, and for all Sanchez and central defensive partner Yerry Mina’s pace and strength, their basic defensive work still leaves a lot to be desired.
If the supply is right, Kane is able to cause untold damage in Moscow.
And so we’ll be backing England to win this game inside 90 minutes at 11/10 with William Hill.
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As mentioned, a key battle here will be Sanchez and Mina’s attempts to stifle Harry Kane.
The Tottenham frontman is in lethal form, and the awkwardness and occasional lapses in Colombia’s defence will please him no end.
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