Action from the South American World Cup Qualifiers will see Bolivia host Colombia in La Paz on Thursday evening. This is a must win game for both teams and it will be interesting to see how the approach the game. Colombia have struggled in qualifying thus far and their home loss to Argentina last time out was a massive set back for the team that lit up the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Injuries to star man Ramadal Falcao has robbed Jose Pekerman of his captain and leader but the emergence of Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez has been a blessing for Colombia. Rodriguez is among the best players on the planet right now and he has started to come into good form at his club Real Madrid. With Juan Quadrado Chelsea's star winger who is excelling while on loan at Juventus this Colombia team have some top class talents and really should be much higher up the standings in the World Cup qualifier group. Ramos, Muriel could be vying for a start up top alongside Milans Carlos Bacca with Torres likely to move to the bench. This is a quality group and I think it is only a matter of time before Colombia start delivering on their potential.
Bolivia will be looking to take advantage of the home ground in La Paz which will be played at 4,000metres above sea level and usually causes problems for visiting sides. Bolivia have a great home record in qualifying due to the Altitude but have also played well themselves in these games. Ramalla and Duk will be the key men up front for Bolivia, both having scored in their last two games these two will be vying to cause problems for a Colombia back four that have struggled to stop the opposition scoring. Bolivia are used to playing at this altitude and Colombia are a little "soft" in terms of qualifying games, I think this is going to be a really big struggle for this talented Colombia team.
I'm taking the draw here. I think Colombia will struggle to beat a dogged Bolivia team here especially given the altitude problems for visiting teams to La Paz. For those looking to stream the game Bein Sports and Fubo Tv are providing a great streaming service which can be found here.