2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: France vs. Colombia Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/15
Colombia (0-0-1) vs. France (1-0)
World Cup: Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Colombia +1556 / France -1163 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
France and Colombia meet Saturday afternoon in their second match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
France is coming off a 1-0 victory in its opening match, as Eugenie Le Sommer’s first half goal was the difference. France controlled the match 58 percent of the time and got four of its 16 shot attempts on goal. France was the aggressor throughout the match, as it stuck to its uptempo and rapid style. While the offense gets much of the credit, France also did a great job of limiting opportunities, as England got just three shots all match and only one on goal. Although a close score, France dominated both sides of the field and should feel confident heading into this match. However, France still walks a fine line of being too aggressive, which at times results in sloppy play and turnovers. Louisa Necib will make her mark at some point.
Colombia is coming off a 1-1 draw against Mexico, as Daniela Montoya’s late goal gave her country a point. Colombia controlled the ball for 44 percent of the match and got two of its seven shot attempts on goal. Colombia’s defense, which is what this team is known for, led the way, as Mexico got just one shot on goal all game, which of course, was the one that found the net. While great defensively, Colombia has to be smarter, as it committed 25 fouls and three yellow cards. Colombia now has one goal in four World Cup games and has to be willing to be a little more aggressive on the offensive end if it hopes to advance. Look for Hazleidy Rincon to provide more of a boost.
This will be a fun match, as France wants to push the pace offensively and get tons of shots on goal, while Colombia wants to sit back and play elite defense.
Which style is going to prevail?
Call me crazy, but I like the value of Colombia and the upset. Colombia has the defense to slow France down, as it allowed just ONE shot on goal against Mexico. A bounce here and there and Colombia could win outright. I'll take the shot in the dark.