Colombia vs Bolivia
2018 World Cup Qualifiers – South America.
Date: Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Kick off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez.
Colombia will have an imperative to pick up a much-important three points as the South American WC Qualification return to action this mid-week.
The hosts have been winless in last four qualifiers and the poor run dropped them out of the top five positions. Coming into this game, Jose Pekerman has no room for error against Bolivia whatsoever.
Truth be told, the Colombians did have a kind of tough schedule in the last couple of rounds.
Moreover, Pekerman’s men failed to find the back of the net in consecutive fixtures with Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
The Argentine manager will face huge troubles ahead of the clash with Bolivia because his key man in the final third Carlos Bacca skipped Milan’s match with Genoa due to injury. While James Rodrigues keep warming the bench at Real Madrid week after week.
Luckily for Colombians, they will take on one of the weakest defensive lines in South America. Bolivia have been very easy to break down since the very start of the competition.
The team led by Mauricio Soria have lost 12 consecutive matches on the road having conceded at least three goals in five of the last seven fixtures during the process.
Colombia vs Bolivia: Head to head
The head to head stats absolutely go in Colombia’s favour since they took eight victories in 13 matches.
This includes four wins on the trot ahead of the 14th meeting with Bolivia. The first match in this term of qualifications has seen Pekerman’s men winning 2-3 in La Paz thanks to the substitute Edwin Cardona who notched the winner in the second minute of the stoppage time.
Colombia vs Bolivia: Prediction
The bookies favour the hosts to win the match at 1/6 which is obviously not worth taking at such low odds.
Instead, we’ll go with the hosts to boost up the confidence ahead of the meeting with Ecuador and back them to score three goals or more at 5/6.
Colombia vs Bolivia: Bet Tips
The first betting prediction will be Colombia -1 handicap at 1.45 with Unibet.
The second bet is Colombia Over 2.5 team goals at the odds of 1.83 with Bet365.