Yes, the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers are back and get used to it. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re going to have WCQ games every month or so until March 2022.
In South America, Brazil and Argentina are already booking a ticket to Qatar. However, the race for third, fourth and fifth place is closer than ever. Currently, third place belongs to Uruguay, but Colombia is only two points behind. Neither team hesitated to call in the heavy artillery, so you can expect fireworks.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer odds for Uruguay vs Colombia. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Game: Uruguay vs Colombia
Location: Gran Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay
Time: Thursday, 7 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
World Cup Qualifiers South America Betting Lines
|Uruguay||-½ +105||+105||2 -115o|
|Colombia||+½ -135||+310||2 -115u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 43
- Uruguay: 20 (61 goals)
- Colombia: 12 (46 goals)
- Draws: 11
The sides met for the last time in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Copa America. The game ended in a goalless draw before Colombia won the penalty shootout 4-2.
Regarding the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, Uruguay went to Bogota last November and won 3-0. Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez were the scorers. Colombia finished the game with 10 players after Yerry Mina got a red card at the very end.
The total went over two goals in four of their last five WCQ meetings. That includes the last time they met in Montevideo.
On a Roll
This will be Uruguay’s third straight home game. They scored five goals in their last two, beating Bolivia 4-2 and Ecuador 1-0. Los Charruas haven’t lost in their last five WCQ games, finishing with a clean sheet in three of them.
Offensively, Uruguay owns the best attacking duo in the area. Suarez and Cavani can make the difference anytime and anywhere. Suarez leads the team in scoring with four goals. He’s highly motivated after scoring against Barcelona last weekend. On the other hand, Cavani is now playing with Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United). Getting a few tips from one of the best simply must make you better, right?
As you can see, we’re talking about a very well-balanced team. Head coach Oscar Tabarez has been with the team since 2006. He has done a great job in establishing a winning mentality. Uruguay has qualified for the last three World Cups.
Uruguay also deserves to be the slight favorite from a confidence standpoint. They haven’t lost to Colombia in their last five meetings. Their roster includes more experienced players than Colombia’s, starting with Diego Godin. His ethics and passion could be enough for you to include them in your soccer picks.
No major injuries to report here. Their expected lineup is Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Giovanni Gonzalez; Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Matias Vina; Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.
El Tigre is Back
Forget about James Rodriguez. Colombia head coach Reinaldo Rueda didn’t call him after the midfielder chose money over competition. Rodriguez recently left the English Premier League to sign with a team from Qatar.
But don’t worry, Radamel Falcao is back and he’s on fire. El Tigre recently signed with Rayo Vallecano (La Liga) and he scored in three of their last four games. Having him on the national team will motivate the youngsters who grew up admiring him.
Colombia sits in fifth place with 13 points thanks to a 3-4-2 record. They haven’t lost in their last five games, either. Los Cafeteros have scored and allowed 16 goals. Only Brazil (19) has scored more goals.
Since losing 6-1 to Ecuador, they have three straight road games without losing and scored at least one goal in each one of them. Besides Falcao, their roster also includes Duvan Zapata, Luis Diaz and Roger Martinez. All of them are certified scorers and the reason why scores and odds have been on their side lately.
No major injuries to report here either. Their expected lineup is David Ospina; Stefan Medina, Yerry Mina, Davidson Sanchez, William Tesillo; Juan Cuadrado, Gustavo Cuellar, Mateus Uribe, Luis Diaz; Radamel Falcao, Duvan Zapata.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Playing at home, Uruguay must go all-in right from the start. Colombia can’t afford to lose, otherwise the gap between the two could become too much.
Having Suarez, Cavani, Falcao, Zapata and Diaz on the same field is why you can expect fireworks. I expect a back-and-forth battle, in which both teams will score, also making the total go over two goals easily.
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Score Prediction: Uruguay 2, Colombia 2