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World Cup Qualifying Betting Preview: Colombia vs. Peru

World Cup Qualifying Betting Preview: Colombia vs. Peru

Falcao García y James Rodríguez

Colombia is in second spot in South American qualifying and is coming off a valuable away draw to Argentina on Friday. Expect the host to deliver goals in today's match.

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Colombia has been excellent on both the offensive and defensive fronts so far in its strong qualifying run. It is the second highest scoring team of the nine nations vying for one of the five tickets to Brazil. But more impressive has been its back line, which has has only conceded seven goals in 11 games, good enough for the least allowed across the continent.

Los Cafeteros also won their last three home games by a combined score of 11-0, and beat Peru 1-0 in Lima back in the fall.

The outright win isn't offering much value at all, with odds of 1.36 being offered for the outright and 1.85 in the halftime/fulltime series. But with handicap betting that can change a lot.

Colombia to win starting with a -1 handicap is close to evens at 1.95, while a two goal disadvantage from the get-go pays out 3.60. The latter result hit when Colombia played at home against Bolivia and Uruguay.

The draw in the 1x2 is at a robust 4.50, but with Colombia not expected to give up any points and not having conceded in three straight at home, save your money from that.

Peru is coming off a morale-boosting 1-0 home win over a solid Ecuador side on Friday, but on the road it has been atrocious. The Peruvians have yet to win on the road in this qualifying run and are winless in their last 20 away qualifiers. Needless to say, it'd be a shock if they pulled it off today.

With super striker Falcao settling his club future by signing with AS Monaco, expect a more focused effort today from Colombia's top threat. To score at any point in the game he is at 1.91, while to open up the scoring he can be taken at 4.50, something that will certainly appeal to a lot of bettors.