Colombia and Ecuador are set for a World Cup qualification showdown at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla on Thursday at 10pm (UK time).
As things stand just one point separates the two nations coming into this latest round of fixtures and while the hosts are unbeaten in their last seven World Cup qualifying games, Ecuador are seeking a return to successful ways.
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- UK: FreeSports
- US: N/A
Scoreline prediction: Colombia 2-1 Ecuador
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Colombia vs Ecuador build-up & previous line-ups:
With seven matches remaining in South America’s qualification process for Qatar 2022 a single point separates third-placed Ecuador and Colombia in fifth, the spot that guarantees advancement to an inter-confederation play-off game. If results go their way in this latest round of fixtures then La Tricolor could find themselves in an automatic qualification spot. Reinaldo Rueda’s men come into matchday 12 having won just three of their qualifying games so far — albeit on a seven-game unbeaten streak — and they’ve only suffered two defeats. On top of that only Brazil (22), Ecuador (20) and Argentina (18) have outscored them (16).
Ecuador, meanwhile, are chasing a first World Cup finals appearance since 2014 and fourth overall. As touched upon they’re doing a good job so far, with that being said, La Tri comes into this game on a one-game losing streak (suffering 2-1 defeat at Venezuela last time out) and have only won one of their last four qualifying fixtures. It’s no better on the road as they’re currently on a three-game losing run and stretching back into previous campaigns Ecuador have tasted 10 defeats across 12 previous away qualifiers: the sole exceptions were a 2-2 draw at Bolivia in October 2016 and 2-3 win at Bolivia in November 2020.
- Colombia (vs Brazil): Ospina; Medina, Mina, Cuesta, Mojica; Martínez, Barrios, Lerma, Díaz; Quintero; Falcao.
- Ecuador (vs Venezuela): Ramírez; Torres, Arboleda, Hincapié; Preciado, Caicedo, Gruezo, Estupiñán; Plata, Mena, Valencia.
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Player to watch: Radamel Falcao (Colombia)
As things currently stand Radamel Falcao is in the driver’s seat to be crowned La Liga’s ‘signing of the season’. After leaving Galatasaray he returned to Spain’s top division with very few expecting anything from the once feared marksman. Rayo Vallecano was his new home and they are loving him so far.
El Tigre heads into this recent international break having registered three goals across his opening four league matches and Los Franjirrojos find themselves sixth in the young championship table. However, Colombia are scoreless in the current international break with two goalless draws. Falcao, their all-time leading scorer on 35 goals, has only found the net once across his last 12 international appearances totalling 503 minutes. He’s also yet to complete the full 90 minutes of a game since the 2018 World Cup round-of-16 meeting with England.
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