Uruguay vs Colombia by Neuro
Uruguay is regarded as surely top ten selections Worldwide, but they started quite ugly this qualifications and will need to strive till the last moment for their position. They are currently fifth at the table, with three points more than sixth placed Venezuela, but the team will still try to get the direct ticket to World Cup and end up as four top nations at the table.
They are coming from a 2:1 victory on the road against Peru on Friday night, as their best striker Luis Suarez was star of the night with two goals scored (first one from the penalty spot), while the hosts only managed to reduce the deficit with a goal from Farfan six minutes before the full time whistle. However it must be said that Uruguay had much easier job as the Peruvians stood with a man less since exclusion of Yotun Flores in 45th minute of the match. Their goal is nothing but the victory in tonight's game, as they will also try to make a revenge from the first leg 4:0 defeat in Colombia. One of their most important offensive powers, Forland left the pitch on Friday with an injury and will not be available either, while exactly the same goes for Caceres. Central defenders Lugano and Godin will be unavailable too, while red carded Yotun Flores is also unavailable. Their defense will not be as tight as usual and the coach Tabarez is expected to set the formation with three attackers due reason above.
Colombia, on the other hand, is coming into this game after a 1:0 victory over Ecuador last Friday. It was a fully deserved victory for the Colombians who took the lead in 31st minute with a goal from Rodriguez, while the visitors played with a man less since 29th minute. Even so, they had a chance to equalize as Ayowi missed the penalty kick in second halftime.
Still, that missed penalty was one of rare chances for the visitors, as Colombians had much more of the ball possession and waster several really good chances. The team is in a great atmosphere as they made decisive step towards the qualifications, getting the third consecutive victory, but also showing that their defense is really stable as they didn't concede in last four matches. They are coming into this game without particular problems, although left winger Armero will not be able to play because of his yellow cards suspension earned on Friday night. Central defender Zapata is questionable for tonight's game, but the team has rich enough roster to overcome these two absentees.
Derby game should be very open and interesting game to watch. Home side will have to attack in order to avoid playing additional play-off match, while the visitors also have huge quality in the attack. Although their defenses look stable, their strikers are too good to ignore and both sides should score at least once during the game.