Colombia vs England (World Cup Last 16 Preview)

Tuesday @ 7pm: Colombia vs England

 

Story of the Tie

Colombia have flip-flopped about meaning it’s very hard to tell how good they are.  We had the poor performance versus Japan followed by a thunderous 3-0 win over Poland and finally a very unconvincing win over Senegal.  Which side will turn up?

England look pretty good actually, despite only beating minnows Panama and Tunisia.  The most impressive thing was their raw pace and slick passing, untypical of an English side.  We’ll ignore the B Team match against Belgium and focus on the fact that they really should be capable of getting to the final.  As long as they don’t choke under the pressure, but that would never happen with England…would it?

 

What’s been said

“We had good news after the medical tests and after the MRI scan I knew he doesn’t have a serious injury, so we will see how he feels and as always we hope of course he will be able to play for the following games.” – Colombia Manager José Pekerman on James Rodríguez’s injury.  Only a fool would believe he won’t start.

“A few of these players, in the last championships, were in a fixture they thought they should win. Then, once they went behind, they suddenly felt that approach wasn’t correct. We won’t fall into that trap again, against a really good team. It is one of many games that we have unpicked because it would be silly not to look at previous tournaments and try to identify what we can learn.” – English Manager Gareth Southgate

 

Prediction

England to squeeze through.  Don’t be surprised when Colombia cause them all sorts of trouble though.