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Morocco vs Colombia betting tips: Women’s World Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

Morocco vs Colombia odds and betting statistics



Morocco vs Colombia match preview

Both enjoyed historic victories in their last outings, so who will conclude the group phase with three points in Perth?

Colombia have been one of the most impressive teams at this tournament, starting with two wins out of two Down Under, despite having won just one of seven World Cup matches beforehand.

Las Chicas Superpoderosas made the perfect start to their antipodean adventure, defeating Korea Republic 2-0, with Catalina Usme converting a penalty, before Linda Caicedo was on target soon after.

Nevertheless, Nelson Abadía’s team still went into Sunday’s clash with Germany as massive underdogs.

Against expecations, las Cafeteras were impressive throughout, and led shortly after half time, courtesy of an absolute rocket from 18 year old wonder-kid Caicedo.

However, Colombia looked set to suffer heartbreak in Sydney, with goalkeeper Catalina Pérez conceding an 89th minute, that Alexandra Popp cooly rolled straight down the middle.

There are certainly plenty of Colombian supporters in Australia, and each and every single one of them will never forget this visit to Sydney Football Stadium.

So, having pulled off one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, the Powerpuff Girls are top of this group.

They require just a point here to remain in first place, thereby setting up a last 16 showdown with Jamaica.

Morocco meanwhile are making their World Cup debut this summer, enduring a serious baptism of fire ten days ago, demolishing 6-0 by Germany at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in their opener.

But then, the Atlas Lionesses managed to bounce back by beating Korea Republic in Adelaide, with the only goal coming in the sixth minute; Hanane Aït El Haj’s cross flick-headed home by Ibtissam Jraïdi.

Reynald Pedros’ side held on to pull off a massive shock at Hindmarsh Stadium, as the second-lowest ranked side at these finals scored their first-ever World Cup goal, claiming their maiden win at the tournament.

So, Morocco could actually still qualify for the round of 16, although that would require them getting a result here, and Germany to drop points against South Korea in Brisbane.

Both of those outcome seem unlikely, so will Colombia’s perfect start continue at Perth Rectangular Stadium?

Morocco team news

Reynald Pedros made wholesale changes following their humbling against Germany, and this very much paid off.

Nouhaila Benzina came into defence, becoming the first player wearing a hijab to feature at the World Cup.

Tottenham striker Rosella Ayane could return up front, partnering Sunday’s hero Ibtissam Jraïdi.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Er-Rmichi; Aït El Haj, Benzina, El Chad, Redouani; Chebbak, Nakkach, Ouzraoui Diki, Tagnaout; Jraïdi, Ayane.

Colombia teams news

Manager Nelson Abadía will be on the touchline for the first time at this tournament, having served a two-match ban, following his red card in last July’s Copa América Final.

Centre-back Jorelyn Carabalí suffered a nasty-looking collision deep into stoppage time on Sunday, so will surely not be risked here, with Tuesday’s last 16 clash in mind.

Teeneger Linda Caicedo has scored in both matches so far, aiming to make it three in three here, starting up top alongside Mayra Ramírez, who was also outstanding in the win over Germany.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Pérez; C Arias, D Arias, Ramos, Vanegas; Bedoya, Montoya, Caicedo, Santos, Usme; Ramírez.

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