Senegal v Colombia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 28th June
Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Senegal v Colombia and provides us with his best bets for Thursday afternoon’s Group H World Cup clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Senegal v Colombia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 28/06/18
- Time: 15:00
- Venue: Samara Arena
- Channel: BBC One
Everything is still up for grabs in Group H with the two knockout-stage places yet to be decided. Japan and Senegal currently sit 1st and 2nd on 4 points each, whilst Colombia sit 3rd on 3 points after a defeat to Japan in their first game and a convincing 3-0 win against lacklustre Poland in their 2nd.
Senegal face off against Colombia in what is a mouth-watering match in prospect. Both sides have been in the goals scoring 4 apiece. Colombia suffered a shock defeat against Japan in their first game which saw them down to ten men and play without star man James Rodriguez for the majority of the match.
Rodriguez was back to start against Poland and the effect that he had on his team was evident as he claimed two assists as his team produced an accomplished performance in a 3-0 win. With Rodriguez on the pitch I am hopeful that he can give Falcao good service for the striker to bag himself another goal. He is best priced 31/21 with Unibet to score at any time in the match.
Senegal need just a point to qualify for the next round but I have my doubts in their ability to hold out such a strong Colombian front four who need the win to qualify for the knockout-stages. Senegal do however have a good attack themselves and with Sadio Mane they have a real goal threat despite the Liverpool player coming under some criticism for his recent performances.
Both teams will be fighting hard to get through to the knockout rounds and this should hopefully produce a great game for us fans with the drama and emotion that we have seen throughout most of the final group games so far.
Carlos Sanchez is available for Colombia after serving a one-game suspension. Fellow midfielder Abel Aguilar was forced off after half an hour against Poland because of an injury and will not be risked. Mateus Uribe replaced him as a substitute and could be promoted to the starting line-up, while goalkeeper David Ospina is fit despite suffering a knock against the Poles. James Rodriguez and Wilmar Barrios are one booking away from a ban, as are five Senegalese players.
Potential Senegal Starting XI: K. N’Diaye; Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly; Badou, A. N’Diaye, Gueye; Sarr, Niang, Mane
Potential Colombia Starting XI: Ospina; Arias, D.Sanchez, Mina, Mijica; C.Sanchez, Barrios; Cuadrado, Quintero, Rodriguez; Falcao
Head To Head
- This will be the third time the teams have met. The two meetings prior to this were international friendlies with 1 win for Colombia (2-0, 2011) and one draw (2-2, 2014)
Key Stats & Facts
- Senegal have faced South American opponents just once before in the World Cup, drawing 3-3 in their final group game in 2002 against Uruguay (a game in which they led 3-0).
- The Senegalese kept a clean sheet in their first ever World Cup match, against France in 2002, but have not recorded a shut-out in any of their subsequent six games.
- Moussa Wague, 19, became the first African teenager to score a World Cup goal in the 2-2 draw with Japan.
- They have scored four goals from seven shots on target at the 2018 World Cup, including three from four against Poland.
- James Rodriguez has six goals and four assists in seven World Cup appearances.
- Senegal 19/5
- Draw 11/4
- Colombia 9/10
An exciting game in prospect then with everything to play for. I think in the end Colombia’s quality will see them claim a vital win and passage through to the Second Round. I expect a spirited performance from Senegal but I can’t see them being a match for the likes of Rodriguez and Co.