Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Ecuador will be looking to build on a come-from-behind win over Bolivia when they take on Colombia on Tuesday evening. La Tri are eyeing their third consecutive win in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, but the game against Colombia will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Both Leonardo Campana and Enner Valencia missed the Bolivia game, and the duo is rated doubtful for the Colombia clash.
Los Cafeteros, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Uruguay. Santiago Arias and Stefan Medina remain in the recovery room for the hosts, while Everton ace James Rodriguez will be the man to watch in the away team. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado as Ecuador are tough to beat at home. Under 2.5 goals have been netted in nine of their last ten meetings in all competitions. Colombia defender Mina is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Enner Valencia):
Enner Valencia is a prolific 26-year-old striker who plays for West Ham United in the English Premier League. Nicknamed “Superman”, Valencia started his career with Emelec in 2010. He enjoyed league success with Emelec and was awarded the “Copa Sudamericana Golden Boot” in 2013.
He also played for Pachuca in Mexico winning the Liga MX Golden Boot in 2014. His goal-scoring record and pace caught the attention of West Ham which bought him for an estimated £12 million in July 2014. At international level, Valencia made his debut in 2012 and has represented the country in 24 games so far. He is one of Ecuador’s top ten goal scorers of all time with 14 goals.
He has already represented Ecuador at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Copa America tournaments. Enner Valencia is Ecuador’s joint top scorer – along with Agustin Delgado – in World Cup tournaments with three goals.
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.