By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 28th June 2018
Senegal vs Colombia, World Cup Group H
Thursday 28th June
Stadium: Cosmos Arena, Samara
Live on BBC1
Senegal vs Colombia odds
Pekerman’s side are 4/5 favourites in the Senegal v Colombia betting odds, with their African adversaries 7/2 underdogs and the draw priced up at odds of 5/2.
The William Hill traders anticipate a tight encounter, with under 2.5 total match goals the 8/11 favourite and over 2.5 strikes trading at EVS.
Senegal vs Colombia – who needs what to qualify?
Having the best goal difference in Group H going into the final round of fixtures means a draw would be enough to send Los Cafeteros through in second place, if Japan lose to already-eliminated Poland.
If the Blue Samurai get a point or more, victory is essential for the Colombians to reach the round of 16, while Senegal need only a point to guarantee qualification for the second round.
Japan are 1/8 favourites to qualify, with Colombia 4/7 and Senegal trading at odds of 4/6.
Senegal vs Colombia team news
The Colombians welcome back Carlos Sanchez after he missed the win over Poland due to his red card against Japan.
Deportivo Cali midfielder Abel Aguilar came off on a stretcher after half an hour against the White Eagles and there are no reports yet on how soon he is expected to return. Mateus Uribe replaced him on that occasion, but coach Jose Pekerman has remained tight-lipped on the subject.
Colombia goalie David Ospina injured his right foot against Poland, but he has fully recovered after treatment on Monday.
No changes to the Lions of Teranga line-up have yet be confirmed and manager Cisse is expected to have his whole squad to choose from.
Senegal vs Colombia line-ups
Senegal 4-4-2: GK Khadim Ndiaye; LB Youssouf Sabaly, CB Kalidou Koulibaly, CB Salif Sane, RB Lamine Gassama; CM Cheikhou Kouyate, CM Idrissa Gana Gueye; LM Sadio Mane, ST Mbaye Niang, ST Mbaye Niang, RM Ismaila Sarr
Colombia 4-2-3-1: GK David Ospina; RB Santiago Arias, CB Davinson Sanchez, CB Yerry Mina, LB Johan Mojica; CM Mateus Uribe, CM Carlos Sanchez, AMR Juan Cuadrado, AMC Juan Quintero, AML James Rodriguez; ST Radamel Falcao
Senegal vs Colombia match stats
The sides have clashed just once before, in a 2014 friendly, when the South Americans took a 2-0 lead into the break before the Lions of Teranga bagged twice to secure a draw.
Colombia have scored four times at the 2018 World Cup, despite having just seven shots on target. They netted three goals from just four efforts on target against Poland last time out.
The West Africans have lost just once in their past 15 internationals, winning six and drawing eight times. They can be backed at 19/20 in the Senegal vs Colombia double chance odds or 9/4 draw no bet.
Senegal vs Colombia key players to watch
James Rodriguez, who won the Golden Boot in Brazil four years ago, has been directly involved in a superb ten goals in his last seven appearances at the World Cup, scoring six and setting up four.
The Bayern Munich man is 11/2 to bag first in the Senegal v Colombia odds.
Senegal defender Moussa Wagué, who plays for Eupen in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, became the first African teenager to score a World Cup goal in Senegal’s 2-2 draw with Japan (aged 19y 263d).
Sadio Mané strike against Japan was the 15th international match in which he has scored for his country – they are yet to lose any of them (W9 D6).