Colombia is welcoming Argentina to Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in a derby match of round 8 in the South American World Cup qualifications. Colombia is back on the winning track, and they are now only 1 spot away from the World Cup spot. Argentina is still undefeated in these qualifications, and they are in second place.
After 3 games without a win and with 11 conceded goals during this streak, Colombia has won their last game against Peru, on the road I might add. Colombia was solid in that match with 51% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a high 90% of the correct passes. Colombia was the better team here, and they have scored 3 unanswered goals. Colombia has won this match 0-3, but they have conceded a red card in the 59th minute. Muriel has scored 2 goals for Colombia so far in these qualifications. Colombia has now scored 9 goals in these qualifications, which is great, but they have conceded 11 goals, the most of the top 7 teams in the standings. Colombia is now only 1 spot away from the World Cup spot, and I think they will get there because they are a good team with solid depth and quality, especially in the attacking end.
Argentina is one of only 2 undefeated teams left in these qualifications, and they are now in 2nd place with 11 points. With the offensive firepower they have, Argentina is struggling with scoring goals quite a lot, and they have scored only 7 goals so far. Defensively, only Brazil is better than Argentina, and they have conceded only 3 goals so far. Argentina was hosting Chile in their last match, and they were the better team with 54% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a solid 87% of the correct passes. After getting ahead from the penalty spot in the 24th minute, Argentina couldn’t hold onto that lead, and they have conceded a goal in the 36th minute. The final score of this match was 1-1. Gonzalez, Messi, and Martinez have each scored 2 goals for Argentina so far. Argentina needs a win here to stay close to Brazil, but I have no doubt they will qualify for the World Cup, and they will once again be the biggest favorite to win the upcoming Coppa America.
Argentina hasn’t lost any of their last 12 games, but despite all of their firepower, Argentina is struggling with scoring goals. Colombia’s last win has really raised their morale, but they will need to play their best game because they are facing one of the strongest teams in South America. I will take the over in this one because Argentina’s defense is not that good, but they can still score a lot of goals.