Colombia vs Brazil
Colombia didn't manage to get a victory away from home against Venezuela few days ago, but the team still remains second at the table thanks to other teams ending with results which went in the favor of Colombia. Now, with three rounds till the end, they are second with twenty-five points earned, which is just two more than play-off placed Argentina and a victory here remains their target since any other result would make their lives in this battle even more difficult.
It must be said that the match against the Venezuelans weren't that poor nor defensive one as the final results says, with both teams having decent chances in the progress and must be said, even though the home team didn't have much of competitive motive in this one, they somehow looked more fluid with the ball to their feet and with creativity in the midfield.
Defenders Stefan Medina (10/0), Pablo Armero (68/2), Jeison Murillo (25/1), midfielders Daniel Torres (14/0), Macnelly Torres (48/4) and forward Carlos Bacca (41/13) won't be here in comparison to previous few matches.
Brazil, on the other side, seems to be in pretty fine form at the moment, since they have eleven victories in last twelve official matches played. Moreover, the side has secured direct qualifying ticket way early, as one of the earliest nations to secure it worldwide. They clearly showed that they are the best South American side at the moment, having thirty-six points at the table after fifteen matches played and a 11-3-1 record overall.
They are eleven points above second placed Colombians and have nothing to worry about, since they not only clinched the direct ticker to Russia, but have also secured the first spot. In the previous game, Brazil have won over Ecuador 2:0 completely deservedly and it's a wonder that the final margin wasn't a bigger one, while they secured the victory with goals from Paulinho and Coutinho in last twenty minutes or so of the game.
In comparison to previous few call-ups, they won't be counting at suspended defender Marcelo (48/5), but also defenders Miranda (40/1), David Luiz (56/3), midfielders Diego (34/4), Oscar (47/12) and forwards Douglas Costa (21/3) and Robinho (100/28).
Home team will be chasing a victory here and it's something that promises us pretty entertaining football. On the other side, Brazilian team will surely rotate their players in comparison to previous match, but still remaining more than quality side and very dangerous in attack. Overall, I would be really surprise to see a defensive game here and goals should come here even easier than what the odds suggest.