Los Cafeteros made a big impression in Brazil four years ago and bookmakers are taking few chances with the Colombia World Cup 2018 odds.
Last time around, the South American outfit claimed three straight pool victories, including a 4-1 demolition of the Samurai Blue.
Colombia then brushed aside Uruguay 2-0 at the last-16 stage before being edged out 2-1 by Brazil in the quarter-finals.
The Coffee Growers looked on course to qualify for Russia 2018 in relatively smooth fashion after winning five of their first nine fixtures.
However, a closing run of three draws and one defeat saw them eventually hanging on to fourth place in the South American section.
Sceptics will suggest that Colombia’s progress was secured on the back of beating the weaker nations, whilst only earning two points from six games against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
However, March’s 3-2 friendly win over France in Saint-Denis showed that this team should never be underestimated in any Colombia World Cup 2018 predictions and betting tips.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Radamel Falcao was among the scorers against Les Bleus and also bagged a crucial equaliser in last September’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in Barranquilla.
The talismanic striker is now 32 but has been rejuvenated by a return to Monaco following unhappy spells with Manchester United and Chelsea in England.
Sharing top billing for Colombia will be James Rodriguez, who claimed Golden Boot glory with six goals at Brazil 2014.
Those efforts earned the 26-year-old attacking midfielder a big-money move to Real Madrid which did not work out, but he has rebuilt his reputation at Bayern Munich.
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina provides a solid base between the posts, while the defence has a decent blend of youth and experience.
AC Milan’s Cristian Zapata and Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham are at different ends of the age range, but both are highly rated.
Former Argentina coach Pekerman has been in charge since 2012 and there is an appealing sense of stability in this set-up.
Rank (world): 13
WC appearances: 5
Best effort: Quarter-finals in 2014
Road to Russia
Peru 1-1 COL
COL 1-2 Paraguay
COL 1-1 Brazil
Venezuela 0-0 COL
Ecuador 0-2 COL
COL 1-0 Bolivia
Argentina 3-0 COL
COL 0-0 Chile
David Ospina (GK)
Cristian Zapata (D)
James Rodriguez (M)
Radamel Falcao (F)
Jose Pekerman – ARG