Our prediction for this World Cup 2026 match:
Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez will be shaking when Colombia and Brazil square off against each other in a highly-anticipated World Cup qualifier. Los Cafeteros aim to remain undefeated in the South America WC qualifying group and we are positive that they will rely on their rock-solid defence in Friday’s encounter. There are no fresh injury worries in Nestor Lorenzo’s team, with all James Rodriguez, Luis Sinisterra, Jefferson Lerma, and Mateus Uribe making the cut.
The Selecao, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 2-0 loss to Uruguay. As Vinicius Junior and Co. are likely to adopt a cautious approach as well, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. 17-year-old Palmeiras attacker has received a surprising call-up, while both Martinelli and Antony return to the squad. You should know that under 2.5 goals have been netted in four of the previous six meetings between the two sides in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Thiago Silva):
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva is one of the highest rated defenders in world football. Having emerged from Fluminense youth ranks, the 31-year-old defender established himself as a world-class performer while plying his trade for AC Milan from 2009 to 2012.
Having largely contributed to Rossonerri’s title winning campaign in 2010-11, Thiago Silva moved to Paris Saint-Germain together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a reported fee worth €42 million, which made him then second-most expensive defender in football history after Rio Ferdinand.
Silva was an immediate success at the French club, helping Les Parisiens win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the process. Heavily linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, fan favourite Thiago Silva remains a key figure at Paris Saint-Germain and a leader of the new wave under head coach Unai Emery. Having already surpassed the 100-game mark for the French giants, Thiago Silva is slowly writing his name in the history books of Paris Saint-Germain.
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.