The teams of Colombia and Venezuela will go head to head on Friday at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in Barranquilla for their opening match in the first round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Two neighbors and long lasting adversaries will commence their participation in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers on Friday night when Colombia and Venezuela conflict for substantially more than simply the three points.
The two teams will attempt to go from pretenders to competitors and demonstrate to the rest of the mainland that they can likewise contend at the highest level even though the two squads include a lot of youthful players.
Colombia are doubtlessly one of the most popular South American teams, and their multitude of fans can observe the first World Cup qualifying game on late Friday night.
That doesn’t come as an amazement in the wake of investigating Venezuelan results in the last few years with regards to matches on the road.
Venezuela is the only CONMEBOL team that has never taken an interest in a single World Cup competition and expectations that the 2022 edition will be its year.
In any case, their first match in the journey to qualify for Qatar is a long way from ideal, as they face a solid Colombian team that arrived at the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup before losing on penalties against England.
For Colombia, they must start their qualifying campaign on a triumphant note, as a troublesome outing to Chile follows this first match.
The CONMEBOL qualifier sees 10 teams fight it out at home and away in a free-for-all league system. The best four nations qualify straightforwardly for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, while the fifth team secures a spot in the inter-confederations playoffs.
With James Rodriguez getting another rent of life at Everton, Colombia will trust that can help their World Cup qualifying campaign. It commences this weekend as they have a Venezuela side who completed the bottom of the pile last break, scoring only 19 times in 18 matches.
Colombia qualified for that competition with the third-best defensive record in South America and they look great to proceed with that form with four clean sheets in their last five games. They face a Venezuela side who have scored a single goal in the last four conflicts between these two teams.
Colombia vs Venezuela Head-to-head (h2h)
Colombia has truly had a gigantic edge over Venezuela in their head-to-head matchups. Up to this point, they’ve won 24 games with 16 ties and only 7 losses, even though their recent matchups have been nearer.
These two teams have confronted each other 47 times, and Colombia attests its power over Venezuela more often than not. The host team has won 24 past meetings, while the away team has just had seven triumphs. Their last meeting, be that as it may, finished in a 0-0 draw.
It’s hard to comment on the recent form of either team, as both played a competitive match for the last time almost a year back. Colombia recorded 1-0 triumphs over Ecuador and Peru, while Venezuela beat Japan 4-1.
Stats are not vigorously going for Colombia as we anticipated. There were 21 head to head duels before and Colombia have a narrow 8-7 lead regarding triumphs.
The total number of goals scored in each one of those matches is 36, which averages just 1.71 per duel.
The last two meetings were friendlies in 2018 and 2019, finishing 0-0 and 2-1 for Colombia. The last competitive match where Colombia were hosts in 2016 finished 2-0 FT.
When does Colombia vs Venezuela kick-off?
Colombia vs Venezuela match will happen on Saturday 10th October 2020 at 00:30 (UK).
Where is Colombia vs Venezuela being played?
Colombia vs Venezuela match will be played at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla.
Colombia vs Venezuela Prediction
Venezuela completed the bottom of CONMEBOL qualifying for the 2018 World Cup – open their record against a talented Colombia side who are required to complete in the top four again. Neither one of the sides have been in action for longer than a year so there is no recent form to go on, yet a look at the respective squads uncover a confound in-ability.
2014 World Cup start James Rodriguez’s career seems to have been revived since his mid-year move to Everton and, given the form he is in, it would not be amazement to see him score his first goal in Colombian national colors since 2018. Consequently, the Anytime Goalscorer market is the recommendation here.
Colombia scarcely finished in the top four in the past World Cup South American Qualifiers. Productivity was an immense issue, getting just 21 goals in 18 matches and winning just 7 out of 18 duels.
James Rodriguez was the best goal scorer with six goals, and he is required to lead the offense on Friday night too. This player is in incredible form, helping Everton to win each and every Premier League match this season and sit at the top of the table.
Colombians have won the last two international appearances against Ecuador and Peru with 1-0 score.
Notwithstanding great sudden spike in demand for friendly matches visit a year ago (triumphs against Trinidad, Japan and Bolivia), Venezuelans are as yet one of the weakest squads in South America.
Colombia is a troublesome team to beat, particularly in its own lair, and Venezuela will know about its preeminent quality all through the field. Los Cafeteros have various players in excellent shape for their particular clubs, and they will be anxious to carry that to this game.
On the off chance that Venezuela wants to remove something from this game, it should be expressive and not simply focus on keeping the opposition under control. Rondón and Machis are more than fit for giving the home defenders a troublesome time, however it is improbable that will be sufficient and Colombia should dominate this game.