Tuesday’s international friendly action sees two Russia bound teams clash, with Colombia facing Australia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
Colombia arrive on cloud nine after coming from 2-0 down away to France to win 3-2. Jose Pekerman’s team showed great resilience and excellent attacking output, with goals from Luis Muriel, Radamel Falcao and Juan Fernando Quintero turning the fixture on it’s head.
Los Cafeteros had limped over the World Cup qualification line, failing to win any of their last four qualification matches, but things are now looking bright once again following said win and a dominant 4-0 smashing of China prior to it. At the last World Cup, the nation’s first in 16 years, the side made a respectable run to the quarter finals and given the talent present in this “golden generation”, preparations are being fine -tuned to try and mount a comparable effort, or better, this time around.
Meanwhile, a 4-1 smashing at the hands of Norway hardly represents a good start to Bert van Marwijk’s reign in the Australian dugout and the Dutchman has since claimed his side “aren’t ready for the World Cup”.
The Socceroos are currently missing centre backs Matt Jurman and Trent Sainsbury and it certainly showed in the miserable outing, with the Norwegians, ranked 20 places below Australia, toying with them at times and cutting them open at will. Far from impressive in qualification, needing the play-offs to advance to Russia, there’s plenty of work to be done in the Australia camp if they are to avoid a swift return home in June.
Unfortunately, that’s not something that seems likely in this one, with the absences of Jarman and Sainsbury ongoing and coming up against a Colombian outfit with far greater quality than the side they were just hammered by.
The state in which each team arrives couldn’t be further apart and backing Colombia on the -1 handicap looks the way to play at more than reasonable odds. The South Americans have scored three past France and two past Spain in recent friendly outings and should make light work of an Australia defence that has kept just 1 clean sheet in 12 matches, conceding an average of 1.61 goals a game in the process.
All things considered, a 3-1 Colombian margin of victory looks the most likely outcome, and is a scoreline worth backing in combination with our main tip for the game.
Head To Head
The sides haven’t met since a 2001 friendly, which Colombia won 3-2. In three attempts, Australia have never beaten the South Americans.
Colombia vs Australia Stats
- Colombia have found the net in all but one of their last 11 fixtures.
- Over said streak, they’ve scored an average of 1.81 goals a game.
- Australia have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 12 matches.
- During that run, they’ve conceded an average of 1.61 goals a game.