Colombia came into the tournament as one of the favourites to take the trophy, and Al Hain-Cole expects their quality to see them through against a stubborn Asian sideAfter squeezing through the group stages of the Under-20 World Cup as one of the best performing third-placed teams, South Korea face the tricky task of a last 16 encounter against Colombia.
The South Americans overcame hosts Turkey to finish top of Group C without losing a game, and are favourites at 8/11 (1.73) with BetVictor to book their place in the quarter-finals within 90 minutes.
A late win over Cuba in their first match proved decisive for Lee Kwang-Jong’s side, who needed just a point from games against Portugal and Nigeria to reach this stage, but are outsiders at 4/1 (5.00) to advance further in normal time.
However, having held a highly-rated Portugal side to a draw already, The Taegeuk Warriors may fancy their chances of taking this game into extra-time, at odds of 14/5 (3.80).
Los Cafeteros were ranked just behind Spain as outright favourites going into this competition, thanks to their victorious South American youth championship victory and an impressive performance at the Toulon tournament earlier on this summer.
Carlos Alberto Restrepo Isaza’s men brought home runners-up medals from the south of France after a narrow 1-0 defeat against Brazil in the final, having beaten today’s opponents in the group stages.
With an almost identical squad, the Colombians have overcome a slow start against Australia and begun living up to their reputation as challengers, and should have too much for a side who made hard work of their opening stage.
All in all, odds of 8/11 (1.73) seem rather generous on Isaza’s side picking up their 11th win in 14 this evening, and are not to be missed.
However, the Koreans will not go down without a fight, and having conceded more than once in only one of their last seven fixtures, it would be no surprise if their opponents had to settle for a repeat of their 1-0 win at the Toulon tournament.
Colombia have claimed five of their last nine victories by that exact scoreline, and it is worth backing odds of 6/1 (7.00) on them grinding out the same result in Trabzon.
|Colombia U20 to win at 8/11 (1.73) with BetVictor
||Colombia U20 to win 1-0 at 6/1 (7.00) with BetVictor
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