England (1-1) vs. Colombia (1-0-1)
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 17, 2015, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colombia +656 / England -190 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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Colombia and England meet Wednesday afternoon in their third matchup of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Colombia has to feel great after upsetting France 2-0, a match that was one of the biggest women's soccer upsets in history. Colombia found the back of the net on both of its shots on target and watched Sandra Sepulveda come away with six saves. Colombia’s lights out defense has made this squad scary and tough to deal with, as its allowed just seven shots on target out of 29 shots overall and just one goal. Colombia is playing physical and is very comfortable playing without the ball. Offensively, Colombia isn’t getting a ton of looks or chances, but has scored on three of its four shots on target. Catalina Usme and Lady Andrade scored in the upset over France. Bottom line, it’s extremely difficult to get shots against Colombia, and it’s a team that makes you pay when it takes its shots.
England looked a lot more like England in its 2-1 victory over Mexico. England controlled the ball for 60 percent of the match and managed to get 10 of its 23 shots on target. A much different match than its loss against France, England controlled the pace of the match and was aggressive from start to finish. Fran Kirby and Karen Carney each found the net, while Alex Greenwood had an assist. England is at its best when being the aggressor. However, England continues to allow its opponents to match shot for shot, as its now allowed 36 shots overall and 11 shots on target. While Karen Bardsley has made nine saves, England could get burned by this style of play against better teams if it isn’t careful.
I’m probably the only person in the universe who picked Colombia to straight up beat France. And I think Colombia has a chance to shock the world once again. This is pretty much the same style match Colombia just faced.
I'm going to side with the under in this match, as Colombia's defense has been no joke. I expect a low-scoring game where Colombia continues to play not to lose.