Colombia vs Venezuela
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – South America
Date: Saturday, 10 October 2020
Kick-Off at 00.30 UK
Venue: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melandez, Barranquilla.
Colombia are without a doubt one of the most popular South American teams, and their army of fans can witness the first World Cup qualifying game on late Friday night.
The Colombians welcome outsiders Venezuela in Barranquilla, being marked as big favorites to win the match at 1.44 odds.
That doesn’t come as a surprise after taking a look at Venezuelan results in the last couple of years when it comes to matches on the road.
Overall, game should be action-packed, featuring a couple of big stars on the pitch.
Colombia vs Venezuela Head-to-head
Stats are not heavily going in favour of Colombia as we expected. There were 21 head to head duels in the past and Colombia have narrow 8-7 lead in terms of victories.
The total number of goals scored in all those matches is 36, which averages only 1.71 per duel.
The last two meetings were friendlies in 2018 and 2019, ending 0-0 and 2-1 in favour of Colombia. The last competitive match where Colombia were hosts in 2016 ended 2-0 FT.
Colombia vs Venezuela Prediction
Colombia barely ended in top four in the previous World Cup South American Qualifiers. Efficiency was a huge issue, bagging only 21 goals in 18 matches and winning only 7 out of 18 duels.
James Rodriguez was the best goal scorer with six goals, and he is expected to lead the offense on Friday night as well. This player is in great form, helping Everton to win every single Premier League match this season and sit at the top of the table.
Colombians have won the last two international appearances against Ecuador and Peru with 1-0 score.
Despite really good run on friendly matches tour last year (victories against Trinidad, Japan and Bolivia), Venezuelans are still one of the weakest squads in South America. We expect them to go down in Barranquilla, but also to score at least one goal.
Colombia vs Venezuela Bet Tips
Home win and Both teams to score @ 2.90
James Rodriguez to score at anytime @ 2.25.