Kick-off: Tuesday, 29 March @21:30 GMT
Venue: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez (Barranquilla)
Head to head record
Colombia vs Ecuador 1-0 (2014 World Cup qualifiers)
Ecuador vs Colombia 1-0 (2014 World Cup qualifiers)
Ecuador vs Colombia 0-2 (2011 Friendly International)
Ecuador vs Colombia 0-1 (2010 Friendly International)
Colombia vs Ecuador 2-0 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
Colombia vs Ecuador prediction
Having survived Bolivia in La Paz, Colombia will be looking to climb to top four in South America World Cup qualifying group with a victory over Ecuador. La Tri aim to extend their unbeaten run to six games, but Tuesday’s game against los Cafeteros will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors.
Lucky win over Bolivia
Colombia kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Peru, but the team then suffered a dip in form. Los Cafeteros were beaten by the likes of Uruguay and Argentina, while sharing the spoils with Copa America winners Chile. Nonetheless, Jose Pekerman’s men proved their worth in Thursday’s game against Bolivia, but it has to be noted that they scored the winner in the dying minutes of the match. Seeing that Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez have been left out of the squad, all eyes will be on James Rodriguez and Carlos Bacca when Colombia take on Ecuador in Baranquilla on Tuesday. As reports in Colombia suggest, coach Jose Pekerman is likely to make a number of changes to the team that faced Bolivia in La Paz, but Carlos Bacca should keep his place up front.
Jackson Martinez, Radamel Falcao, Teofilo Gutierez and Freddy Guarin remain on the sidelines, while Adrian Ramos is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. Edwin Cardona came as a substitute and scored the winner against Bolivia and he is likely to return to the starting XI.
La Tri still unbeaten
Following four consecutive wins in the WC qualifiers, Ecuador dropped two points in Thursday’s match against Paraguay. La Tri were on the verge of suffering a loss to la Albirroja in Quito, but Angel Mena scored a late equalizer and helped the team pick up one point from the game. Ecuador aim to return to winning ways, but beating Colombia on the road is easier said than done. The visitors are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Tuesday’s game as they will be more than happy with one point from the match. Enner Valencia scored for Ecuador on his return to the team and he is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors against Colombia. La Tri aim to keep their 100% record intact on the road and it has to be noted that they outplayed the likes of Argentina and Venezuela in previous two away fixtures.
Pedro Larrea, Jorge Guagua and Norberto Araujo remain in the recovery room, while Felipe Caicedo failed to recover in time to face Colombia. Angel Mena could return to the starting line-up after scoring the equalizing goal in the 2-2 draw with Paraguay.
- Colombia failed to keep a clean sheet in last four games
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in Colombia’s last four home fixtures
- Ecuador are eyeing their fourth consecutive win on the road
- La Tri scored 2+ goals in each of their last eight matches
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in last seven meetings between the two teams
Colombia vs Ecuador betting tip
Colombia are brimming with confidence following the 3-2 win over Bolivia and they want to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Jose Pekerman is likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s game Ecuador and seeing that La Tri have been scoring goals for fun in the WC qualifiers, both teams to score bet should be considered.
Tip: Both teams to score
Odds: 2.00 (1/1) @10Bet
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