Argentina vs Colombia
2018 World Cup Qualifiers – South America.
Date: Tuesday; 15th November 2016,
Kick-off at 23:30 UK
Venue: Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan.
Argentina are a team that look out of ideas at the moment. The 3-0 defeat to Brazil away from home last Tuesday is one of the heaviest loss of this campaign, which also put them on a four match win-less streak. Paraguay defeated them at home in the previous round, while two poor sides Peru and Venezuela held Argentina to draws in the previous rounds. They are currently at 6th in the league table, which is a risky position by all means. Brazil and Uruguay at the top with 24 and 23 points are at a wide distance. While Colombia, Ecuador and Chile on 18 to 17 points at 3rd, 4th and 5th positions can be overtaken with a win. Anything other than a win will add further pressure as Paraguay and Peru behind them in the standings are only at a 2 point gap.
Colombia were held to a goal-less draw at home by Chile in the 11th round fixture. They moved up to third in the standings as Ecuador lost their fixture against Uruguay. As mentioned earlier, they are not yet in a comfort zone as there are plenty of teams behind them who are looking to trump them at the end of matchday 12.
Argentina vs Colombia: Head-to-head stats
Argentina are unbeaten in the last 6 matches against Colombia in all competitions with 4 wins and 2 draws. They earned a 1-0 win when the teams met at Colombia for the first leg fixture of the qualifiers on 17th November 2015.
Colombia were able to hold Argentina to a goal-less draw in their last visit for a World Cup qualifying game. However, Argentina haven’t lost a qualifying match at home to since 1993. The last 5 matches end in 3 Argentina wins and 2 draws. And Colombia failed to score in their last 4 visits to Argentina.
Argentina vs Colombia: Prediction
Argentina are a side in lot of troubles at the moment and they need a win to boost their morale. There is no doubt that they got abundance of quality in the squad. But it is a shame that they hardly look like a team in the football field.
Colombia are no pushovers, they have some quality match winners on their own. However, their poor record in Argentina could dent their chances here. We are expecting a very tight contest on Tuesday and this will be a very tactical battle. And Argentina will certainly get their win, but this will be only by the slightest of the margins.
Argentina vs Colombia: Bet Tips
Argentina to lead 1-0 at half-time at 3.40 (12/5)
Total Match Goals: Under 2.5 at 1.70 (7/10).