Argentina hosts Colombia in round 16 of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 2nd at Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes (Cordoba)
Argentina is in second place in the standings with 32 points after 14 matches. Albiceleste gained nine victories and five draws and secured a ticket to Qatar ahead of schedule. Argentina is the only team that can oust the Brazilians from the 1st place. With four matches before the end of the qualifying tournament, the White and Sky Blues are four points behind Selecao. On January 28, the Argentines achieved an away victory over Chile. The match in Santiago ended with a score of 2-1 in favor of the visitors. Angel Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez scored goals for Albiceleste, who conceded for the first time in seven official matches.
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Colombia is ranked sixth in the South American qualifiers with 17 points after 15 rounds. The Coffee Growers gained three victories and eight draws and suffered four losses. Unlike the Argentinean national team, the Colombians are far from accomplishing the task of progressing from the qualifying group. In the last six rounds, they have achieved four draws and have not scored a single goal. The problems in the attack once again manifested themselves in the home match against Peru on January 29. The hosts delivered 30 shots on the Incas’ goal but failed to score. And in the 85th minute, they missed a counterattack and lost with a score of 0-1.
In the past calendar year, Argentina and Colombia played two head-to-head matches. On June 9, the Coffee Growers shared points with Albiceleste in Barranquilla (2-2). Curiously, the hosts bounced back from a 0-2 defeat thanks to goals in the 51st and 94th minutes. Almost a month later, the opponents crossed paths at the Copa America in Brazil. The regulation time of the semifinal match in Brasilia ended in a 1-1 draw, and the Argentines were more accurate in the penalty shootout (3-2). In the current qualification, the Colombians gained only one away victory, beating the national team of Peru (0-3). And the Argentines have not suffered a single defeat at home. In the last four home matches, Albiceleste lost points only with the Brazilians (0-0). Even though the hosts do not have serious tournament motivation, they remain the favorites of the upcoming match. But we recommend betting on low production. In four out of six Argentina’s matches in the 2022 World Cup qualification, no more than two goals were scored, and the Coffee Growers have repeated this outcome in six rounds in a row. The statistics of head-to-head matches are also indicative: six out of eight games ended with Under 2.5 goals scored.