|Date & Time||Tuesday November 17, 2015, 3:30 PM (EST)|
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Playing in the FIFA World Cup is the dream for any nation, but in South America it is more than that. This year, the qualifiers have had surprising results which now see two powerhouses, Colombia and Argentina out of the top 5. This week these two teams meet in order to get their campaigns back on track and keep the World Cup dream alive.
Argentina go into this match after a draw against Brazil in a match that they really should have won. Argentina dominated possession and created way more chances only have their lead equalized which resulted in them sharing the points with their arch rivals. This has been a bit of a problem for Argentina lately since after three games, they are yet to have won a single match. That being said, this team is full of superstars (Minus Leo Messi and Sergio Aguero who are out injured) and come any game they always expect to win.
Colombia on the other hand have been solid without reaching their full potential. This team has many exciting players including Carlos Bacca, James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez who are exceptional in front of goal. Colombia will be at home for this match and in South America that is a big advantage. Furthermore they will be at full strength while Argentina will not be which means that this may be the best opportunity the Colombians have of getting 3 points of Argentina.
Overall, I think that this match will be very exciting and it will be the match that I watch on Tuesday night for sure. I think that a lot of goals will be scored in this match so I that betting over 2.5 goals is good value. This is justified since both teams have great attacking options but have been shaky at the back. Also for an outright result, I think that betting on Colombia to win is also justified. They are at home and with Messi and Aguero out, I think both squads are pretty even on paper. I think in this case the difference may be the crowd since the home team advantage in South America is massive.