Colombia vs BrazilWorld Cup, KO: 20:00 Oct 10, 2021, Estadio Metropolitano
Brazil will put their 100% record in the World Cup qualifiers on the line as they travel to the Estadio Metropolitano to face Colombia. The hosts can be dangerous opponents but Brazil have looked imperious throughout the qualifiers and will fancy their chances of maintaining their perfect start.
Colombia head into Sunday’s clash off the back of a 0-0 draw with Uruguay last time out in the qualifiers. They struggled to create too many clear-cut goalscoring opportunities in a tight contest with few chances.
It has been a difficult qualifying campaign for Colombia, who have claimed just three wins from their 10 matches so far. Sitting fifth on the table, just outside the automatic qualification places, Reinaldo Rueda's men will be targeting a late push in their remaining matches.
One problem for Colombia appears to be strikers who are injured or struggling to find their best form. Atalanta striker Luis Muriel misses out after battling with injuries at the start of the season while Duvan Zapata and captain Radamel Falcao are also on a lengthy goal drought for the national team.
Brazil were victorious in their previous qualifying fixture as they saw off Venezuela 3-1. They went into the break a goal down but came to life in the second half with goals from Marquinhos, Gabriel Barbosa and Antony earning them the win.
Coach Tite's men have cruised past all comers in the qualifiers and continue to maintain their perfect record after nine matches. They have an eight-point gap at the top of the table and are unlikely to be caught by closest chasers Argentina.
Brazil are generally known for their attacking style of play with Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Barbosa all impressing for the national team. They have also been excellent at the back, keeping clean sheets in six of their last seven qualifying matches.
How the bookies view it
Head to head
Brazil have 12 wins and seven draws from 20 previous matches against Colombia, who have been victorious just once. The Brazilians triumphed 2-1 when both teams met at Copa America in June.
Players to watch
Brazil's defence has caught the eye with Thiago Silva, Eder Militao and Marquinhos among their options at the back. They have kept clean sheets in six of their last seven qualifying matches and could be backed for a repeat at 6/4 with betfair.
Despite their solid defensive showing lately, Brazil have lost none of their attacking verve with the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus all showing their quality. They have scored in all their qualifying matches and all three men can ensure that run continues at 2/7 with Vbet.
Anything else catch the eye?
Given Brazil's solid defence and with the Colombian strikers looking off colour, BTTS NO could be considered at 4/5 with BetVictor. The Brazilians could also be tipped as the only team to score at 21/10 with bet365.
If Brazil are likely to be the only team to score, then a win to nil can also be tipped at 12/5 with Paddy Power.
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