In the CONMEBOL 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Ecuador will host Colombia at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (2:00 PM Pacific). The match should be one of the best this week with both teams in contention for a spot in the 2018 World Cup.
Ecuador is coming from a tough 2-1 loss to Paraguay away from home that can prove to be vital to its World Cup aspirations if the team does not get a favorable result in this game. The ‘amarillos’ are currently in fifth place in this qualifying stage with 20 points, only a point back of Colombia in fourth.
Felipe Caicedo will be the main player to watch in this game as he did score the lone goal for Ecuador against Paraguay which put him at seven goals for this campaign. This is a must win for Gustavo Quinteros’ side and the home-field advantage may prove to be a key factor in this fixture.
Colombia is coming from a positive result, beating Bolivia 1-0, with an 83rd-minute goal from superstar and captain, James Rodriguez. The ‘cafeteros’ are currently in a direct World Cup spot in fourth place in the qualifying stage with 21 points. The CONMEBOL is very contested, however, and only three points separate Colombia in that fourth-place spot and Paraguay in seventh with 18 points.
Jose Pekerman will count with the better squad on paper with players like James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Carlos Sanchez and Carlos Bacca. Pekerman will need a favorable result from this match, with a loss being potentially detrimental to his team’s World Cup aspirations. The game should be one of the best this week in international play with both teams motivated to get the three points from the match.