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Colombia vs Senegal match preview #WorldCup

Colombia vs Senegal

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Senegal used a 4-4-2 formation in the win against Poland but switched to 4-3-3 for the draw with Japan. A point will guarantee they reach the last 16 so coach Aliou Cisse may be tempted to field a defensive line-up.

Carlos Sanchez is available for Colombia after serving a one-game suspension. Fellow midfielder Abel Aguilar was forced off after half an hour against Poland because of an injury and will not be risked.

Mateus Uribe replaced him as a substitute and could be promoted to the starting line-up, while goalkeeper David Ospina is fit despite suffering a knock against the Poles.

James Rodriguez and Wilmar Barrios are one booking away from a ban, as are five Senegalese players.

SENEGAL LINE UP
16 Khadim N’Diaye (Goalkeeper)
6 Salif Sane (Defender)
12 Youssouf Sabaly (Defender)
3 Kalidou Koulibaly (Defender)
21 Lamine Gassama (Defender)
18 Ismaila Sarr (Midfielder)
8 Cheikhou Kouyaté (Midfielder)
5 Idrissa Gueye (Midfielder)
10 Sadio Mané (Forward)
19 M’Baye Niang (Forward)
20 Keita Baldé (Forward)

COLOMBIA LINE UP
1 David Ospina (Goalkeeper)
13 Yerry Mina (Defender)
4 Santiago Arias (Defender)
23 Davinson Sánchez (Defender)
10 James Rodríguez (Midfielder)
20 Juan Quintero (Midfielder)
17 Johan Mojica (Midfielder)
11 Juan Cuadrado (Midfielder)
15 Mateus Uribe (Midfielder)
6 Carlos Sánchez (Midfielder)
9 Radamel Falcao (Forward)

THE VIEW FROM BOTH CAMPS

Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse: “A player like Sadio Mane is a player with a lot of expectations and he is one of the players under the spotlight.

“He can do better, but [against Japan] he was better than against Poland and he needs to do better against Colombia.”

Colombia head coach Jose Pekerman: “There are so many situations that can make or break a football team. This is a World Cup. We have to simply forget any quick judgements or prejudices that we might have.

“When I [choose] the starting line-up, I do it taking account of the whole context in which we find ourselves.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Senegal also only need a point to go through and, although Japan caused them more problems than I expected in their draw on Sunday, I think they will get it.

Prediction: 1-1