Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
Following a heartbreaking 3-0 loss to Brazil, Argentina will be looking to get back on course in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when they welcome Colombia at Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario. La Albiceleste failed to impress in Superclasico de las Americas, with the team dropping to sixth place in their qualifying group. The Argentinians face a must-win situation in Wednesdays football match and we predict that Leo Messi and Co. will leave their hearts on the field this time out. The South American giants have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at third-placed Colombia and, taking everything into account, Edgardo Bauza’s troops should return to winning ways in the WC qualifiers. Jose Pekerman’s men played out a goalless draw with Chile on Thursday evening and seeing that their performance against Pizzi’s charges was anything but good, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Ramiro Funes Mori):
Argentina isn’t known to produce great talents in defence but Ramiro Jose Funes Mori is an exception. The 25-year-old started his football career in the United States with FC Dallas. He won an MLS talent competition to get into their youth team but it was less than a year before he moved back to Argentina. Mori joined River Plate as a youth player in 2008 and progressed to their senior team within three years. The young defender is nothing short of a club legend at River Plate having won six titles with the team. More than the titles and his performances, it was his performances in important games that is still vividly remembered. His iconic goal against Boca Juniors is still part of the folklore. Mori joined English Premier League club Everton in 2015 and soon established himself as a regular there. Mori represented Argentina seven times and yet to score in national colors.
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.