Ecuador vs Colombia Predictions

Ecuador vs Colombia predictions ahead of this affair for the South America World Cup Qualifying. Ecuador are targeting their third consecutive victory as they welcome Colombia for the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. On the other hand, Colombia remains undefeated in this campaign. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Ecuador vs Colombia Predictions

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The Battle for South American Supremacy

Key Stats
– Ecuador’s 16-year-old sensation, Kendry Paez, is already making history as the youngest ever player to score in a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier.
– Colombia’s James Rodríguez is pivotal with an impressive BettingTips4You Expert Rating of 7.70.
– Ecuador aim for a third consecutive win, while Colombia is unbeaten so far in their qualifying journey.

The World Cup qualifying stage in South America is heating up as Ecuador welcome their neighbours, Colombia, to their fortress. Both teams come into this with different mindsets but with the same goal – securing a berth in the 2026 World Cup. For Ecuador, this game signifies a chance to record a third consecutive victory. Colombia, on the other hand, will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run.

Past Ghosts

Ecuador’s journey in this qualifying campaign had a shaky start, not due to on-field performance, but off-field controversies. They began with a three-point deduction, attributed to fielding an unregistered player, Bryan Castillo. The situation was intensified as Castillo was a Colombian by birth, moving to Ecuador without proper paperwork. This led to many South American nations demanding punitive action against Ecuador. However, the team put the past behind them and focused on the task at hand.

Form Guide

Ecuador’s campaign got off to a rocky start with a loss against Argentina. However, they quickly turned their fortunes around with two 2-1 victories over Uruguay and Bolivia. The match against Bolivia saw a dramatic finale, with Kevin Rodriguez netting the winner in injury time. This resilience speaks volumes about their character and determination.


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In contrast, Colombia’s return to the World Cup stages after a 16-year gap was marked with impressive performances in 2014 and 2018. Their current form has been solid too. Under Nestor Lorenzo’s guidance, they began with a win over Venezuela and secured draws against Chile and Uruguay. Their fighting spirit was evident when they twice gave away their lead against Uruguay, only for Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez to equalise late into the game.

Team News and Key Players

Ecuador’s lineup is likely to be without Brighton’s Pervis Estupinan due to a hamstring injury, with Jhoanner Chavez likely stepping up. Kevin Rodriguez’s heroics in the last match could earn him a starting spot.

Colombia’s goalkeeper, Camilo Vargas, received a red card in their previous match and will be unavailable. Alvaro Montero seems set to replace him. Their line-up might see a change with Luis Sinisterra potentially starting, bringing balance opposite Luis Diaz.

Ecuador’s Kendry Paez is the player in focus, already making waves at the tender age of 16. His performances have caught global attention, with a move to Chelsea in the horizon. His record-breaking goal against Bolivia showcased his talent, and the world will be watching closely.

Colombia’s midfield maestro, James Rodríguez, along with Mateus Uribe and forward Rafael Santos Borré, will be vital for their side. Their experience and skill will be crucial in breaking down the Ecuadorian defence.

Predictions Based on Stats

  1. Match Result: Considering the form of both teams, it’s safe to say this will be a closely contested affair. However, given Ecuador’s recent upturn in performances and home advantage, they could clinch a win. Prediction: Ecuador Win.
  2. Correct Score: Based on both teams’ attacking prowess and defensive stability, a 2-1 victory for Ecuador seems plausible.
  3. Goalscorer: The spotlight will undoubtedly be on Kendry Paez. Given his recent form, he’s the likely candidate to find the net for Ecuador. For Colombia, James Rodríguez remains their prime threat.
  4. Corner Analysis: Based on recent matches, Ecuador has averaged 4 corners, while Colombia averages 2.7. It’s safe to say Ecuador will edge out in this department. Prediction: Total Corners – 7.
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