While the European teams are involved in friendly internationals, the South American national sides have World Cup qualification on their minds. We’re taking a look at three matches happening on Friday night into Saturday morning where Columbia are at home to Uruguay, Chile host Peru and Brazil are entertaining Venezuela.
We’ve gone through the stats, trends and form to find a belter of a treble. Read on to find out what we’re backing.
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Colombia come into this match on a four-game unbeaten run and find themselves third, on four points, in the ten-team qualification league after one win and one draw. They’ve scored a very healthy five over those two matches, conceding two. Uruguay are sixth on three points after one win and one loss but they’re in decent form having lost just two of their last 15 matches.
On home turf Colombia have lost just one of their last 10 matches, winning six and drawing three. They’ve won two and drawn one in their three most recent matches at home to Uruguay.
There have been plenty of goals in recent away Uruguay matches, six out of six recent away days have seen Both Teams to Score land and Over 2.5 goals has occurred in four. Overs has landed in both of Colombia’s World Cup qualifiers so far and, with both in good goal-scoring form, we’re really liking the current price of Over 2.5 Goals here which is still a fair bit above Evens at the time of writing.
Both Chile and Peru come into this match on the same points, one, after drawing one and losing one of their opening two matches. Chile aren’t in the best of shape here, they’ve lost four of their last eight, drawing three and winning just one. Peru aren’t any better with five losses, two draws and just one win over their eight most recent matches.
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Chile though have a bit of a hoodoo over Peru and they’ve beaten them in four out of five of their most recent visits to Chile. All five saw Over 2.5 goals occurring while three saw BTTS landing. Both have been in good goal-scoring form over their World Cup qualification matches, scoring three and four goals, conceding four and six respectively. There’s not much between these sides and while the Draw looks likely we can’t ignore Peru’s record in Chile, we’re going with Both Teams to Score here.
12.30am (Saturday morning): Brazil v Venezuela – Brazil to Win to Nil
Brazil top the qualification league after two games, winning both, scoring nine and conceding two. Venezuela are on zero points with two losses to their name, with no goals scored and four conceded. They did hold the hosts to a 0-0 draw in June of last year but lost both of their prior visits to Brazil.
The market is heavily siding with Brazil here and we can’t argue with that. Indeed we’re expecting them to win and we can exploit Venezuela’s lack of goals too, they’ve failed to score in both of their matches so far, failed to score in three out of their five most recent away matches and failed to find the net in three out of their five most recent trips to Brazil. We’re backing Brazil to Win to Nil here.
Tips for Friday night’s World Cup qualifiers
All three of these picks in a treble will give you odds of around 7/1.
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