Senegal vs Colombia preview, betting tips and prediction

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Colombia need to win to go through…

Quarter finalists at the last World Cup, Colombia, have recovered from their first group stage defeat against Japan with a win over Poland, and they know their fate is in their own hands. They face Senegal who, like Japan, have four points after impressing early on in the tournament. They beat Poland 2-1 and then drew with Japan, meaning they can get through with just a point from this one. But Colombia need to win, and if they do that they could top the group depending on what happens between Japan and Poland in the other game. The way they comprehensively won their last game 3-0 should fill them with confidence, and despite some impressive performances from Senegal, we think this game will end in a victory for the South Americans.

After the disappointment against Japan, Colombia fought back well to beat Poland. James Rodriguez was the Player of the Tournament in Brazil four years ago and he showed his importance to the team with a great performance, having only been fit enough for the bench in the opening match. Radamel Falcao scored his first World Cup goal having missed out on the campaign four years ago due to injury, while Barcelona defender Yerry Mina and Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado also found the net. Senegal’s star men have been Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, unsurprisingly, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and AC Milan’s Mbaye Niang.

There is value everywhere you look in the goalscoring markets. Falcao is favourite anytime for Colombia at 7/5, while Senegal’s is Mane at 13/5. We are tipping James to score his first goal of the tournament this in this game, to inspire his country through to the last 16, where they will face either Belgium or England. Niang can also be found at 10/3.

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