Phil Kitromilides explains why he feels Colombia will be able to record a relatively comfortable victory against Senegal when the two sides meet in Argentina this weekendWith a talented squad and the tournament taking place in a neighbouring country, many are tipping Colombia to enjoy a fine World Cup.
Los Cafeteros continue their build up with a friendly against Senegal this weekend in Buenos Aires and William Hill make them firm favourites at 7/20 (1.35) for the win.
Senegal meanwhile, who are ranked 58 places below Colombia in the FIFA standings, are offered at 6/1 (7.00) with the draw available at 16/5 (4.20).
Colombia should win the game, and while the fitness of Radamel Falcao is still very much in question, their squad possess enough talent to flourish should he be absent.
Against a Senegal side who's only two clean sheets in nine games have come against Uganda and Mauritania, Colombia should be able to score with relative ease despite the absence of their talisman.
They are priced at 4/7 (1.57) to net over 1.5 goals but instead a better bet might be for them to win with a -1 goal European handicap at 11/10 (2.10).
Colombia have beaten the best teams in South America in order to qualify for the World Cup, not to mention a hugely impressive 2-0 friendly win over Belgium back in November so another victory by at least two goals looks well within their capabilities. They should be far too strong for a Senegal side who failed to qualify for the finals in Brazil, losing 4-2 in a play-off against Ivory Coast last November.
|Colombia to win with a -1 handicap at 11/10 (2.10) 2.0pt stake with William Hill|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid