Colombia will look to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track on Thursday evening, and the visit of Bolivia should provide Los Cafeteros with the perfect opportunity to pick up three points.
The hosts have slipped to sixth placed in what is a highly competitive CONMEBOL qualifying table after just one win in their last five qualifiers, yet Bolivia should cause them few problems.
La Verde recorded just their second win in 19 qualifiers last time out against Paraguay, although that was at home, with Bolivia's away record absolutely dismal. The Andean nation have not won a World Cup qualifier on the road since 1993, and their last away game saw them thrashed 5-0 at bottom side Venezuela.
Indeed Bolivia have only scored one goal away from home in their current campaign against Paraguay in November 2015, and since then they have lost their four away games by an aggregate scoreline of 14-0.
It is hardly surprising, therefore, to find Colombia as massive favorites with Paddy Power offering them at just 1/7 (1.14) while Bolivia can be backed at 14/1 (15.00) and the draw offered at 11/2 (6.50).
Not only are Bolivia awful on the road, but Colombia are strong at home with Argentina the only side to win a World Cup qualifier on Colombian soil since 2009. There could be some appeal in backing the hosts to win to nil at 8/11 (1.73) although they will be without Radamel Falcao who misses out through injury.
In his place, uncapped Udinese forward Duvan Zapata has been called up, but it is more likely to be AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca who is charged with scoring the goals for Jose Pekerman's side.
Perhaps more attractive is a handicap bet and backing Colombia to win at -2 looks tempting at 11/8 (2.37) and is certainly a more appealing prospect than backing the hosts to net over 1.5 goals at 2/9 (1.22).
|Colombia to win with a -2 handicap at 11/8 (2.37) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power|