Colombia vs Ecuador: prediction and bets on Qualifiers for World Cup Qatar 2022, October 14, 2021
The two of the top four contenders for qualifying for the men’s football FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will meet on Thursday, October 14, at the Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez Stadium in Barranquilla: Colombia battles Ecuador, starting at 4 p.m. local time (October 15 at midnight Moscow time).
After two goalless draws, the hosts will be looking for a victory that would put them ahead of their visitors in a very tight schedule.
The current form of Colombia Despite having won just three games in the ultra-competitive South American section of the World Cup qualifiers, Colombia is still in the race to claim one of the top four places and secure a ticket to Qatar next year as it is in fifth place in the standings after this month’s gamedays. While even their current position in the charts would ultimately be enough for a playoff spot, several nations follow ‘Los Cafeteros’ by just a handful of points, so they will want to level with them or go in front of them.
The last match the team played was against leader Brazil over the weekend, a match in which Colombia remained hungry for ball possession. However, it held on resolutely and took another point at home. This followed a 0-0 draw against Uruguay last week, meaning that the team commanded by Reinaldo Rueda is undefeated in the qualifying round since the start of the 2021-22 season. After leading his team to the Copa América podium, with a third-place finish in Brazil earlier this year, the former Ecuador head coach will perhaps meet his former employers with revenge in mind. The last time these two neighboring nations clashed for qualifications, a year ago, Colombia returned home humiliated after a crushing 6-1 defeat. All in all, Colombian hopes of reaching a third consecutive World Cup appearance are still very much alive, although the pressure is intense for them to achieve so.
The current form of Ecuador Ecuador has experienced mixed fortunes in the 11 months since it tore apart the Colombian defense in Quito when six different scorers ashamed their counterparts. First, It lost its next match to ‘Los Cafeteros’, in a Copa América campaign that ended in the quarterfinals, and was subsequently defeated in two of its last four qualifying matches, including the last trip to Venezuela (1-2).
That setback, however, didn’t take away the third place in the standings from ‘La Tri’, which they still keep because of reached dizzying heights with a win of 3-0 against the last-placed Bolivian team, last Friday. However, another loss this week would make Ecuador nervous. Gustavo Alfaro’s chair is wobbly as the fans and national federation didn’t forget the team’s last qualifying campaign which ended by earning just three points in its last eight games, costing it a seat at the global rally in Russia. To that end, even a draw in Barranquilla would be a useful outcome, allowing Ecuador to stay marginally ahead of one of its closest rivals.
The cards on the table will likely change on Thursday, as Colombia will certainly be eager to take revenge for the beatings at the hands of Ecuador last November. The visiting team will not have the advantage of the altitude of Quito, for starters. We predict the win of Colombia in this match. BetOBet, rated in the Top 4 of the best betting sites for wagering on Qatar 2022 qualifications, gives the odd of 1.66 in favor of ‘Los Cafeteros’.
Results of the forecast
Forecast failed. Colombia vs Ecuador 0:0