Colombia vs Ecuador
Copa America 2021
Date: Monday, 14 June 2021
Kick-off at 1:00 UK/ 2:00 CET
Venue: Arena Pantanal (Cuiabá).
The battle for supremacy at Copa America continues with Colombia taking on Ecuador at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Both teams have been playing some entertaining attacking football lately and we are in for a potential thriller on Sunday night.
Colombia are making their 18th consecutive appearance at the Copa and have a good record in group phase and managed to book their ticket to knockouts in all except one of the last 12 campaigns. They reached the quarterfinals in the 2019 edition and were eliminated by Chile on penalties.
Ecuador on the other hand are in their 17th consecutive appearance at the competition, but they managed to get out of the group phase just three times. The Tricolor’s best ever run in the competition happened in 1993, when they reached as far as semifinals. It was Argentina who denied them a shot at the trophy, only to lose on penalties before losing the third place play-off to none other than Colombia.
The 2019 edition saw Ecuador finishing at the foot of the table without a win from three games.
Colombia had a difficult start to their World Cup qualification campaign and managed only 2 wins from the 6 played so far. They had some serious problems in defense and conceded a massive 13, with Ecuador handing them one of their heaviest defeats (1-6) in November 2020.
Yet, there are some positives in the attacking department and this is evident in the results earlier this month, a 3-0 win away at Peru and a brilliant comeback draw from 2-goals down against Argentina.
Ecuador started their campaign in October 2020, lost 0-1 to Argentina, then went on to pick three wins on the trot against the likes of Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia, each match seeing a flurry of goals at either end. However, this red hot run came to an end in June with the 2-0 defeat to Brazil and the 1-2 to Peru.
Colombia vs Ecuador Head-to-head
- Ecuador’s 6-1 win at Quito last year is their first win over Colombia since 2012. They lost all 4 previous h2h.
- There are no draws in the last 10 duels between these two sides, the stats is 7-3 in favour of the Colombians.
- Their last meeting at Copa America dates back to 2001, Colombia won 1-0 on that occasion.
- Colombia’s head-to-head record at Copa America versus Ecuador is 5 wins to nil since the 1990s.
Colombia vs Ecuador Prediction
Both teams are inconsistent and come with serious problems in keeping the ball away from the net, yet their attacking front looks extremely sharp and deadly.
It is too tough to call a winner in this contest, and all three outcomes have a high and equal chance.
Still, I expect goals at Pantanal Arena on Sunday evening. It will be worth noting that Ecuador saw over btts and 2.5 goals in five of their last six games across all competitions while Colombia saw over 3 or more goals in all previous six games.
Both teams to score at 2.10 odd is my primary pick and I will take the over 1.5 goals in the second half on 2.60 as an alternate.
Colombia vs Ecuador Betting Tips
|Both teams to Score||2.10|
|Over 1.5 goals in the second half||2.60|
|Luis Muriel to score anytime||2.75|