Ecuador vs Colombia Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Ecuador vs Colombia predictions for this Tuesday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in South America. Our betting tips suggest the hosts will bag a vital win.
Ecuador VS Colombia Predictions
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1X2 Tip: Home Win lose
Reason For Ecuador VS Colombia Betting Tips
This is a simply massive game for both sides. The battle for qualification places in South America was always going to be fierce and so it has proved. Brazil look to be virtually guaranteed a place in Russia but just 3 points separates the next five sides who are battling it out for the other three automatic qualification berths. Ecuador and Colombia are two of those teams, so this is a very significant game and it’s one Ecuador look capable of winning.
It’s hard to ignore their excellent home record at altitude in Quito. During this and the previous World Cup qualifying campaign they’ve won a huge 79% of their home fixtures with Brazil, the only team to win in Quito during that time. Ecuador’s last two home qualifiers have been dominant 3-0 home wins over Chile and Venezuela whilst they’ve already beaten high-flying Uruguay at home during this campaign.
They’ve possessed real cutting edge during this qualifying process with their preferred front duo having netted 11 goals between them. Felipe Caicedo has scored 7 of those goals and was on target again from the penalty spot on Thursday in Paraguay. Only Edinson Cavani has netted more goals than the Espanyol man during this qualifying campaign in South America and backing Caicedo to score anytime could be worth a punt here.
Colombia continue to flatter to deceive in many respects. They really made hard work of what should have been a comfortable home game against Bolivia on Thursday, only winning 1-0 thanks to a James Rodriguez goal, which came from the rebound after he missed a penalty. Their inability to break a poor Bolivian side down would have been a concern and they hadn’t scored in any of their three matches prior to that either, so Colombia are finding goals hard to come by right now.
They’ve taken just 1 point from their 4 away games against other sides in the top six so far during this campaign, which suggests an Ecuador side that boast such a strong home record will have the edge here and backing Ecuador to Win at 21/20 looks like the value bet.