2018 FIFA World Cup – Colombia vs England Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Tuesday 3rd July, 19:00

Where? Otkritie Arena

What channel is it on? ITV

Where can I stream the match? The match can be streamed online via ITV Player

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE

THE TEAM NEWS

COLOMBIA

  • Colombia won their last two matches following defeat in their opening game, and their performances are improving by the game.
  • The win over Senegal was marred by the injury to James Rodriguez who was forced off and he is highly unlikely to be available here.
  • Muriel is the most likely candidate to come in after replacing him in that game in what is the only expected change to the starting line-up.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Ospina

Arias, Mina, D. Sanchez, Mojica

C. Sanchez, Uribe

Cuadrado, Quintero, Muriel

Falcao

Unavailable: Fabra

Doubtful: Aguilar, James Rodriguez

ENGLAND

  • After much debate, Gareth Southgate did make significant changes against Belgium and subsequently lost but his team will be well rested.
  • All his key players will come back into the side with the only doubt being whether Loftus-Cheek starts or Alli will return after injury.
  • Fabian Delph returned home for a couple of days so his preparation has been affected but he is unlikely to feature in this game however.

Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1):

Pickford

Walker, Stones, Maguire

Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Young

Lingard, Sterling

Kane

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Colombia are somewhat underrated and the only game they have not won in the World Cup so far was the opening match against Japan after they conceded a penalty and red card in the 2nd minute. Even without James Rodriguez, they will be a tough test for England and expect this to go to extra-time.