Venezuela vs Colombia
World Cup Qualifiers – South America
Date: Thursday, 31st August 2017
Kick-off at 22:00 UK/ 23:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo (San Cristobal).
Venezuela are eliminated from the World Cup qualification race and they have little to play for on Thursday night. But Colombia must play to win in-order to safeguard the second spot in the continental table.
Just 1 win from 14 games and a place at the bottom of the table. This is how Venezuela’s qualifying campaign has panned out so far. With four matches to play in the competition, it is very likely that they finish at the rock bottom in standings.
Meanwhile, Colombia are ranked second in the table and there is little room for error as 6 teams below them at a six-point gap. Their form coming into this match is quite good having picked 6 wins from the last 10 alongside 2 draws. The two defeats during the period was against Brazil and Argentina, which can be overlooked for now.
Venezuela vs Colombia: Head-to-head
Venezuela are unbeaten in their last four home matches in the World Cup Qualifiers against Colombia. The latest two are wins to nil, with the previous two ending in stalemates.
The reverse leg of the corresponding fixture was a 2-0 win for Colombia.
Overall, Venezuela had won 4 of the last 7 matches against Colombia in all competitions, drew 1 and lost 2.
Venezuela vs Colombia: Predictions
A decent home record and the backing of the crowd could motivate the Venezuelans here. In in reality, they do not have a squad to compete with the elites of the continent.
On the other hand, Colombia have all the riches of talents in their squad. But, the South American away games are always difficult and they need to shift gears.