Our prediction for this match:
After missing out on a spot at the 2022 World Cup finals, Colombia will look to give fans some cheer when they face Guatemala in a warm-up game on Saturday morning. Los Cafeteros failed to impress in the qualifiers for the showpiece tournament, but they did well to beat Saudi Arabia thanks to Rafael Borre’s goal in their last international friendly. Since all James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado, Luis Sinisterra, Luis Diaz, Jefferson Lerma, and Davinson Sanchez have received call-ups, home win should be considered.
Guatemala experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their last meeting with Colombia (1-4), and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling los Cafeteros’ party at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Montreal striker Romell Quioto, who has netted 15 goals in MLS this season, will be the man to keep an eye on in the away side.
Highlighted 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.
Highlighted Team (Colombia):
Seleccion de futbol Colombia has stepped on to the international scene in 1938 with its competitive debut against Mexico. Colombia has in recent years become a national symbol of strength representing country’s efforts to fight the negative reputation.
Passionate about their football team, Colombians have formed a huge fan base which enjoyed in their team’s impressive run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals at the competition in which Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals and the Best Goal of the Tournament awards. Jose Pekerman’s team has also been named the Fair Play team at the same event.
The fans were pretty disappointed to see their team reach the quarter-final stage at the 2015 Copa America though as Colombia crashed out in disappointing fashion losing to Argentina after a penalty kick. Radamel Falcao remains the most prominent star of the current team despite his poor spells with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Monaco striker is also the team’s top scorer with 25 goals added to his name.