COLOMBIA vs Uruguay are among the favourites to qualify in South America’s World Cup qualification race. The two face each other in Barranquilla on Friday at the Estadio Metropolitano. When Colombia take on Óscar Tabárez’s Uruguay Roberto Meléndez.
Carlos Queiroz’s men are in third spot and have made a robust start to their campaign, following their 3-0 home win to Venezuela on match day one with a useful point in a tough away test at Chile (2-2) on match day two.
Uruguay on the other hand were left heartbroken in their last outing in Ecuador, when they were well beaten 4-2 by their hugely impressive hosts. The result highlighted the La Celeste’s ageing defence and with regular clean sheets now a thing of the past, Uruguay have seen both teams score in seven of their last eight games.
With Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in tow, Uruguay’s frontline is still sprinkled with plenty of stardust however, and a combination of the team’s top-class attack and creaking backline makes goals at both ends likely again when the Uruguayans travel to Colombia this week.
Colombia are unbeaten in eight matches, though it’s worth noting that Los Cafeteros drew 50% of those games and hit an average of just 1.1 goals per 90 minutes along the way.
Uruguay shared the spoils in three of their last five away trips and shipped exactly one goal in four of their last six fixtures on the road overall. With those factors aligned, a 1-1 draw looks a likely outcome on Friday.
PREDICTION: COLOMBIA TO WIN OR DRAW