By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 28th June 2018
Among the abundance of Senegal vs Colombia odds on offer at William Hill, the 7/4 about Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma to be carded could be the pick of the bunch.
Lerma picked up a La-Liga-high 16 yellow cards last season, despite making only 25 starts and a single substitute appearance for Levante across their 38-game league campaign.
Only six other players in the division averaged more fouls per game than the Los Cafeteros international in 2017/18 too.
To-be-carded aficionados will be praying to their disciplinary deity that the 23-year-old Levante man, makes the starting line-up when Colombia play Senegal.
Lerma made Jose Pekerman’s XI their opener against Japan, but dropped to the bench for their 3-0 demolition of Poland last time out, featuring only for the final 27 minutes.
Lerma’s likely proximity to Sadio Mane could make this 7/4 bet a jewel among the Senegal vs Colombia odds
Should Lerma make the XI, the 7/4 to be carded looks a steal, not least as he will likely be tasked with helping his full-back contain Lions of Teranga livewire Sadio Mane.
No Liverpool player was fouled more times per game across the Premier League and Champions League this season and keeping him quiet will be integral to the Colombians’ chances of securing the victory they need to prevail.
Should Lerma only enter the fray as a replacement, it’s not hard to envisage him picking up a yellow to slow down Mane or one of his teammates later in the game if the South Americans are protecting a lead.
Colombia are odds-on 17/20 favourites for victory in the Senegal vs Colombia odds, with the added motivation of knowing that nothing less than a win will do doubtless factored in to the price. The Lions of Teranga are 3/1 outsiders in the match betting, with the draw priced up at 13/5.
Meanwhile, Lerma and friends are marginally preferred in the to-qualify betting at an odds-on 4/7, with Aliou Cisse’s men 4/6 to proceed, despite only needing a draw.