Our match prediction:
Thursday’s match at Estadio Hernando Siles sees Bolivia and Colombia take on each other in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. La Verde are tough to beat at home; they recorded a thrilling 4-2 win over Venezuela in La Paz in their last home fixture, but beating los Cafeteros is easier said than done. The Colombians aim to regain their place in top 5 and no doubt the visitors will go for a win in Thursday’s qualifier. Radamel Falcao has yet to overcome his injury, but James Rodriguez, who has been playing an important role in Real Madrid this season, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back line. Jose Pekerman has a number of high-profile players to choose from and despite the fact that Bolivia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football clash.
Highligted Player (James Rodriguez):
James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder who plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Colombian superstar played for the likes of Envigado and Banfield at the start of his career and he moved to Europe in 2010, joining Portuguese side Porto for a fee of €5.1 million. James scored 25 goals in 63 league appearances with the Dragons and in 2013 he joined Monaco. His transfer to the Ligue 1 side was the second most expensive in the history of Portuguese Primeira Liga (€45 million) and he signed a five-year contract with les Rouges et Blancs. The Colombian ace impressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and, as a result, Real Madrid chiefs signed him on 22 July, 2014 for an undisclosed fee. However, reports in Spain suggested that the fee was approximately €80 million. Rodriguez scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances for Real Madrid in the 2014/2015 Primera Division campaign and he was in Gareth Bale’s shadow in the 2015/2016 season. James is well known for his technical skills, his vision and the ability to create goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates.