Colombia - Uruguay predictions and free betting tips [12/10/2023]
On Thursday, within the framework of the 3rd round of the CONMEBOL final qualifying tournament, Colombia will host Uruguay at the "Metropolitano Roberto Melendez" stadium in Barranquilla.
Colombia claims the 3rd spot in the tournament ladder, the team earned 4 points, overcoming Venezuela 1:0 and netting a draw with Chile 0:0. Head Coach Nestor Lorenzo favoured the 4-2-3-1 formation. Not the strongest line-up for Colombia in terms of prominent names, the days of prime James and Falcao are long gone - the current team features players from the national championship and the Russian Premier League. The seemingly immovable position of Werder's forward, Rafael Borre, is remarkable as he scored the only goal in the qualifiers for his team.
Colombian fans have been lacking satisfying results for a while; however, the start to the qualifiers has been successful. In the last 5 matches, the national team has 4 victories, the "coffee growers" have improved in defense and concede less often. Lorenzo's appointment has positively impacted the results, as the professional was previously part of Pekerman's coaching staff, who managed to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2014. The coach is known for his fondness of rotating his players.
Uruguay has garnered 3 points in 2 rounds and claims the 4th spot in the qualifying group of the South American contingent. The team conquered Chile 3:1 and then succumbed to Ecuador 1:2. Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa adheres to the 4-3-3 arrangement. The appointment of the specialist was enthusiastically received by Uruguay fans, great expectations are placed on the coach - he is hoped to invigorate Nunez, who has been glum at Liverpool. The player has started scoring again, often retreating and has honed his skills in positional offense. Bielsa declined the services of the ageing Suarez and Cavani, preferring to engage young talent. The "heavenly Olympians" operate aggressively, striving to rob the ball from the opponent on their half of the field.
The rivals have encountered each other 44 times, with Colombia nailing 12 victories and suffering 20 losses. The last two duels ended in a 0:0 draw, with Colombia failing to overcome the opponent's defense in 3 matches consecutively.
Match Prediction: Colombia – Uruguay
In Barranquilla, two squads meet, each aspiring to qualify for the World Cup. Spectators can anticipate cautious play with minimal chances, suggesting a draw-play bet.
Prediction on Total Goals Scored
In recent years, Colombia has evolved into a highly pragmatic team, adept at draining the match. I don't foresee a high-goal scenario in this confrontation.