This could be a cracking contest, and a fitting finale to what has been an enthralling Group H. It’s winner takes all between Senegal and Colombia in Samara on Thursday, although they could both go through to the last 16 if Japan lose to Poland. It’s confusing, so focus on winning the game! Here’s our Senegal vs Colombia betting tips.
After losing to the Japanese in their opener, Colombia bounced back in fine style with a 3-0 victory over Poland last time out.
It was a fantastic performance, with their front four – Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, Juan Quintero and Radamel Falcao – in fine fettle. Their movement, intelligence and guile was a joy to behold.
Senegal are a rather more visceral presence, and their attacking play is based upon raw pace and power; which makes them no less thrilling to watch.
We’re expecting a thriller in Samara then….but who will take the points? Here’s our Senegal vs Colombia betting tips.
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Senegal vs Colombia Betting Tips
Senegal know that a point here will be enough to take them to the knockout phase, but you sense that manager Aliou Cisse will not abandon the attacking mentality which has taken his side to the brink.
They will line up in their usual 4-3-3 shape, with Ismaila Sarr and Sadio Mane supporting Mbaye Niang in attack while Alfred and Papa N’Diaye and Idrissa Gueye do the hard yards in midfield.
Defensively, we have to ask the question: do the Senegalese wingers do enough tracking back? Both of Japan’s goals against them originated in wide areas, and you suspect this might be an area that Colombia look to exploit.
Because Cuadrado and James will lurk in wider areas, with the rejuvenated Quintero in the number ten role and Falcao leading the line.
That quartet is able to create such clear and obvious goalscoring opportunities, and if Senegal’s full backs are left exposed then the South Americans could run riot.
That said, Senegal’s raw physicality caused Japan no end of problems as they fashioned seven shots on target and forced their opponents into making a whopping 33 clearances.
Unlike many games in this World Cup, this is a fixture in which we can see the attackers coming out on top.
For our money, this game is simply too close to call. So, we’re going to stick with goals-based markets, starting with Both Teams to Score at 17/20 with William Hill.
Senegal vs Colombia Betting Tips: Side Markets
You see two sets of players where the attackers far outclass the defenders, and you have no option: backing goals is the only way to go.
Senegal and Colombia have scored eight between them already, and if Japan get into a winning position against Poland then these two sides will have to go hell for leather to find that winning goal.
As such, there really is nothing else for it here but to back the Over 2.5 Goals line, available at Evens with NetBet