Colombia vs. Senegal
|Date & Time||Thursday June 28, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: COL -111 / SEN +360 / Draw +263 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Senegal and Colombia meet Thursday in World Cup soccer action at the Samara Arena.
Senegal has held its own in this group by beating Poland and forcing a draw against Japan. The Lions of Teranga obviously would have liked a win in its last match and would have received one if Keisuke Honda didn’t find the back of the net late, but this a club sitting with four points and a chance to do something it hasn’t done in over a decade. Senegal has to be a confident bunch considering its lost just once in its last 12 matches and has been decent offensively, scoring at least once in eight of its last 10 matches. As long as Senegal pushes the pace and loos to be aggressive offensively, this is a squad that should give itself a fair shot. Senegal has a chance to make it to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since 2002.
Colombia bounced back nicely from its shocking loss to Japan with a 3-0 beatdown over Poland. In the victory, Colombia controlled possession for 55 percent of the match, got 13 shots off and got goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado. Colombia was also solid defensively, limiting quality shots and defending well without fouling much. It was a complete performance from the Coffee Growers and one that should have them feeling good about their chances heading into this match. Colombia has scored two or more goals in each of its last three victories, so the key is finding offensive success and pressuring its opponent. Colombia has a chance to make it out of the World Cup group stages in back-to-back appearances.
The last meeting between these two clubs was a 2014 friendly match that resulted in a 2-2 draw.
Colombia has been the better defensive side in this tournament and probably wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t playing with 10 men against Japan. Colombia also has better difference makers on the offensive side than Senegal does, and if those guys are pushing the pace, there’s not enough to counter with. Most expected Colombia to advance out of the group stages before the tournament, and I haven’t seen enough to change that thought.
I like Colombia to get the victory and advance.