Colombia vs Argentina: who's the favourite?
The Colombian national team started the qualification for the World Cup quite successfully: under the leadership of Carlos Queiroz, the team scored four points in the games against Venezuela (3:0) and Chile (2:2). However, two defeats in a row from Uruguay (0:3) and Ecuador (1:6) seriously weakened the position of the Colombians in the fight for the top five, and the Portuguese manager was sacked.
Under the guidance of experienced Reinaldo Rueda, Colombia defeated Peru 3:0 away and moved up to sixth place in the table. They are behind fourth place only on goal difference.
Argentina, unlike their opponent, played five qualification matches. Lionel Scaloni's team is currently in second place in the table with 11 points, four points behind the leader. In the last round, the White-blues could not beat Chile at home, scoring a 1:1 draw with an opponent.
Of the last nine H2H games, two ended with this score.
In Colombia's last three games, a player was sent off.
Argentina have conceded in the first half in two of their last three games.
Colombia made serious mistakes in the games against Ecuador and Uruguay, and they cost them greatly. The team is behind the top five, however, in the last round, Colombia showed excellent football and defeated the Peruvians away.
Colombia will be extremely motivated and approaching the game against Argentina in a good mood. There isn't a big difference in class between the opponents and the hosts are capable of getting at least one point. Moreover, as the match against Chile showed, the Argentines have some problems in defense.
We believe the hosts have a chance of winning. Our prediction - Asian handicap (0) to Colombia.
Prediction: Handicap (0) to Colombia
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The Colombian national team does not demonstrate bright attacking football, rather trying to focus on defense and ball control. In a game against such a serious rival as Argentina, the hosts are unlikely to change their style. Argentina also won't open up right away, so we wouldn't count on a high-scoring game.
Our second bet -total under 2.5 goals