Colombia take on Jamaica at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday for a place in he quaterfinals.
Colombia are in the round of 16 for the second time. They were unable to progress beyond this stage in 2015 during their second appearance in the World Cup. However, they’re starting off as hard-driving contenders this time and could be a force to be reckoned with in Australia and New Zealand.
They beat South Korea 2-0 in their first game before pulling off a shock 2-1 win against powerhouse Germany to confirm their credentials. They eventually finished atop Group H with six points despite a 1-0 setback against Morocco in their last game.
France and Brazil had been largely tipped to dominate Group F, with Jamaica and Panama expected to become the first teams to pack up and leave. However, pundits quickly reviewed their predictions when Jamaica stood up to France in the group opener that ended goalless, much to the disappointment of the Europeans.
The Reggae Girlz proved that the result wasn’t fortuitous following up with a win against Panama and another goalless draw, this time against Brazil. Jamaica ended second with five points behind France (seven points) to qualify for their first Round of 16 at the World Cup.
Colombia and Jamaica have met twice, with each side prevailing once. In their first clash, Jamaica won 2-1 while Colombia came out on top in the second 2-0. Colombia have suffered only one defeat in their last five games. Colombia have scored four goals and conceded twice at the World Cup. Jamaica have scored once and are yet to concede at the World Cup. Colombia have won twice, drawn twice and lost once in their last five games, the same as Jamaica.
A close game expected from both teams today and with Colombia emerging Bookmakers’ favourite with a odd of 2.30, one cannot write Jamaica off as the Bookmakers have awarded them odss of 3.60 to progress.
Our in-house analyst after a careful review of the game believed it will be a tough game for both sides and we might be seeing another penalty shootout at the end of the day. Here are our four predictions for the game.