Colombia Women take on Jamaica Women on Tuesday morning (09.00) at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium for a place in the quarter-finals of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
After losing to in their only previous last-16 appearance in 2015, Colombia will be looking to claim their first-ever victory in the knockout rounds of the Women’s World Cup.
Jamaica finished second in their group, and are yet to concede at the tournament.
Colombia will be unable to call upon the services of Real Sociedad defender Manuela Vanegas, who is suspended after picking up her second booking of the tournament against Morocco.
As for Jamaica, manager Lorne Donaldson could opt for consistency and select the same side that started the goalless draw against Brazil.
Khadija Shaw scored 20 league goals for Manchester City last season, and will offer Jamaica’s main goal threat on Tuesday morning.
Colombia to win and under 2.5 goals @ 5/2
Colombia have stunned the footballing world with their performances so far at this World Cup.
They opened the tournament with a win against South Korea, before enjoying a famous 2-1 victory over Germany to secure top spot in Group H.
Jamaica have only scored once so far in this tournament, but they are yet to concede, meaning a closely-fought contest could be on the cards here.
I think Colombia’s attacking quality means that they will edge it.
Linda Caicedo to score anytime @ 10/3
Caicedo has already proven her quality so far at this World Cup, bagging twice in the group stages.
Her pace is what makes her such a goal threat, and she’ll be expected to stretch this Jamaica backline that has been so tight knit up until this point.
In the game against Germany, Caicedo produced one of the moments of the tournament to announce her arrival on the biggest stage.
With the scores level, the youngster picked the ball up in Germany’s box before jinking past two defenders and rifling a shot into the corner of the net.