Colombia World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction

29th March 2018 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Four years ago in Brazil, Colombia were making quite the name for themselves, largely on the back of James Rodriguez who was producing some stunning goals for them. He helped carry them through to the quarter finals where they fell against the hosts Brazil. What kind of challenge can they produce this time around as they head to Russia?

How Colombia qualified

Colombia’s road to the World Cup was a bit of a rocky one in the end. They had some early setbacks against Uruguay and Argentina in the CONMEBOL zone but steadied themselves to get in the picture. They started picking up the pace but then found the going tough down the back stretch. The thing about the World Cup qualification in CONMEBOL is that it is so long, it is such a long process. It started back in 2015 so there is a lot of time put into this.

It also means that a lot can change in terms of form and consistency over such a long qualification period. Colombia failed to win any of their final five qualification matches in trying to reach Russia 20178 and were made to sweat. With a D3 L2 record in that sequence. Going into the last round of matches they weren’t guaranteed an automatic qualification place at all and they faced off against Peru who were in contention themselves.

Colombia managed to dig in and pick up a 1-1 draw which was enough to keep them in four and above Peru on goal difference (+1 only). But because Chile tanked to a 3-0 loss against Brazil in their final qualifier, it left Colombia squeezing through. Had Chile pulled out a win they would have progressed and left Colombia in the playoffs. So they relied on a little bit of outside help to make it through automatically. Colombia posted a W7 D6 L5 record in their qualification campaign.

World Cup 2018 Group Stage

What lies ahead for them at the World Cup? You would have to say a fairly manageable group as they take on Poland, Senegal and Japan. Of those, it is going to be Poland who will threaten them the most in the race for top spot as the Europeans, fired by Robert Lewandowski, will set themselves up as a really strong contender. Colombia do get the best opener though as they face Japan on June 19th so that should give them a chance to ease their way into the tournament.

That second match in taking on Poland is going to be crucial for them. You would imagine that they if they could avoid defeat in it then they are going to be fine in pushing for a top-two finish. Colombia are 8/5 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on March 28th, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.) to beat the Poles in that second fixture. They will be favourites as well to go and collect a maximum points haul against Senegal in their final fixture.

So again, things look manageable for the Colombians if they can pick up their form. They did show some good fight in a 2018 friendly against France, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Paris.  Still, they will be hoping to win games a little more easily than that and overall their form for the last twelve months has been pretty poor. Colombia are 5/4 favourites at bet365* (betting odds taken on March 28th, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.) to win World Cup Group H but there will definitely be questions about their current form.

2018 World Cup Odds*

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1* (betting odds taken on March 28th, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.)

Colombia World Cup History

The Colombians actually don’t have that deep of a history at the World Cup. Their first appearance was in 1962 when they went home after the group stage.That was their only appearance in the tournament right through to 1990 when they made it in for just the second time in their history. They did get past the group stage at Italia ‘90, going out in the first knockout round. There were group stage exits them in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

Then Colombia missed the next three tournaments before making their appearance on the biggest stage of all with a quarter final run at Brazil 2014. They cruised their way through an easy group, winning all three matches, scoring nine goals and conceding two. James Rodriguez scored in each of the group stage games for them and one of those was against Japan who they will meet again this time.

Colombia Predictions

A place in the round of sixteen has to be a realistic target for Colombia in Russia. They are going to be helped out by the fact that they have landed a favourable group. It is worth watching this one because this is the group that will decide who England could play against in the round of sixteen. Colombia have not been in great form for a while and therefore, they look decent value at 11/8 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on March 28th, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.) to go out at the round of sixteen.

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