Our football match prediction:
Colombia will be looking to make amends for a 3-0 loss to Argentina when they welcome Bolivia at their Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez on Thursday evening. Los Cafeteros aim to regain their spot in top five and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Mauricio Portillo’s team. The Bolivians did well to beat Paraguay (1-0) at home in their last qualifier, but it is well known that they struggle on the travels. The bad news for the hosts is that Monaco striker Radamel Falcao misses Thursday’s football match with injury, but coach Jose Pekerman has a number of top-class players to choose from and Real Madrid ace James Rodriguez is definitely capable of posing a big threat for the opposition back-line. The Colombians have yet to suffer a loss at home in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they are likely to beat Bolivia in Baranquilla.
Highligted Player (Falcao):
Radamel Falcao, nicknamed the “Colombian Tiger”, is considered one of the best players in the history of Colombian football. The 177-cm-tall attacker is well known for his brilliant finishing and his header technique gives him an advantage in aerial battles with opposition defenders. Falcao was born in Santa Marta, Colombia on 10 February, 1986 and he started his senior career at Lanceros Boyaca. He played for Argentine giants River Plate between 2005 and 2009 and in 2009 he joined Porto. After scoring 41 goals in 51 league appearances for the Dragons, Falcao signed for Atletico Madrid on 18 August 2011 for a fee of €40 million. The Colombian attacker helped los Rojiblancos win Europa League trophy in 2012, scoring 12 goals in the process. He played for Monaco in the 2013/2014 Ligue 1 campaign and in 2014 he signed a loan deal with Manchester United. He scored just 4 goals in 26 league appearances for the Red Devils and was later loaned to Chelsea before returning to Stade Louis II.
Highlighted Team (Bolivia):
Bolivian Football Federation has been established in 1926 and it is one of the 10 member of South American Football Confederation. Managed by Julio Cesar Baldivieso, La Verde have gone through difficult times since their second place finish at Copa America 1997. Three-time World Cup participants have last appeared at the global stage in 1994 and they have never gone past the first round on any of the three tournaments, scoring only one goal at the tournament held in the USA. Bolivia took part in 24 Copa America tournaments since their debut in 1926 and the most prominent result was their 1963 title. Luis Hector Cristaldo and Marco Sandy are the two players with most caps for Bolivia with their 93 international appearances, while Joaquin Botero’s name still stands at the top of the scoring charts with the former Bolivian international netting 20 during his time with the national team.