Colombia vs Venezuela
International – Friendlies
Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Kick-off at 02:00 UK/ 03:00 CET
Venue: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa).
Venezuela has come a long way after their dead-last placed finish in the qualification table for the World Cup from CONMEBOL.
In the subsequent Copa America, they were pitted in the same group alongside Brazil and Peru – the eventual finalists of the competition. Still, the team managed to keep clean sheets against both these tough nuts.
Their performance had earned them a place in the Quarter Finals and had to bow out against the third-place winner Argentina.
As such, if Colombia harbors any hope that this might be an easier tie, it’d be misplaced.
Still, Radamel Falcao and his boys do enjoy the upper hand. They’ve been on ominous form for quite some time, and this was in full display in the recent competitions they took part in.
They had qualified fourth for the World Cup from the confederation and put on some majestic performances to top their group. If not for the penalty heroics of England, there’s no telling how far the team would have gone.
Weaknesses in front of the spot once again cost the squad as they had to bow out against Chile in the Quarters of the Copa.
Colombia vs Venezuela Head-to-head (h2h)
- It’s been four years since Venezuela won against this opponent.
- 14 of the former 19 wins went to Colombia.
- Venezuelans failed to find the back of the net in two of their previous three clashes.
- Colombia, meanwhile, scored twice or more in two of these three encounters.
Colombia vs Venezuela Prediction
Carlos Quieroz’s men were unbeaten in 15 of their last 16 matches, and this stretch included opponents of the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, etc. They have been putting on comprehensive performances that includes quality participation from both their offense and defense contingents.
They had scored twice or more against the first, second and third-placed teams of the recently-concluded Copa America during the earlier-mentioned run, and conceded just once in the eight games that preceded their Brazil tie, that took place two days back.
Moreover, Colombia also possesses a great h2h record against this opponent, and this spans almost five decades.
Taking these observations into account, the opportunity for Falcao and his boys to win is pretty high.
Coming to goals, Rafael Dudamel’s men have been strong at the back in recent fixtures, and this was particularly evident in their Copa run. In addition, they have also kept clean sheets in three of the former five clashes against this rival, and the chances for this affair to become a high goal-scoring one is very low.
Colombia vs Venezuela Betting Tips
Colombia to Win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.75 (3/4).