Where: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, ColombiaWhen: Thursday, November 17
When Colombia and Brazil meet, we always see an interesting battle. These two South American nations have a huge rivalry and a very exciting history. All this promises a fantastic show in Barranquilla, where Colombians decided to play this event. After four rounds, Brazil has seven points, while Colombia collected one fewer.
Colombia vs. Brazil Preview
Since losing to Argentina back in February 2022, the Cafeteros didn’t lose, which is 15 events in a row. During this stretch, this team posted 10 victories and five ties, three of them in a row right now. After playing without goals against Chile, Colombia met with Uruguay, 2-2 and then again played 0-0 on the road, only now in Ecuador.
Colombians aren’t playing efficient football. Only one of their last seven games concluded with three or more hits, and the same goes for both teams netting.
There isn’t a difference in terms of the venue, that is, whether they play at home or on the road, because Nestor Lorenzo prefers low pace, tough goal protection, and everything else that goes with it.
The biggest shock in the past few months was Brazil’s tie against Venezuela at home, 1-1, and a few days later, we saw Selecao falling to their bitter enemy, Uruguay, 2-0. The game in Montevideo was alarming for the Brazilians, who were schooled by the rivals.
This was the third time in Brazil’s last five appearances that they failed to win, and overall, over the previous 10 meetings, Brazil had five defeats, counting those at the World Cup.
Obviously, this team doesn’t have the quality of its predecessors. Neymar’s performances for Selecao were far from the expected, and after his departure to Saudi Arabia, we can expect an even sharper decline in No.10’s form.
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Colombia and Brazil Possible Lineups
Colombia: Montero; Arias, Cuesta, Sanchez, Fabra; Munoz, Barrios; Sinisterra, J. Rodriguez, Diaz; Borre
Brazil: Ederson; Royal, Marquinhos, Gabriel, Lodi; Guimaraes, Joelinton; Rodrygo, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Jesus
Colombia vs. Brazil Head to Head
Brazil was better in the last meeting back in November 2021, 1-0, in the World Cup qualifiers, while the first meeting one month earlier ended without goals.
The last time Colombia defeated Brazil at home was in 1991.
Colombia vs. Brazil Predictions
There isn’t much to say about this game. We expect to see lots of intensity and maybe even some red cards. Colombia is a very physical unit, that likes to play rough, sometimes more than allowed. Brazil’s game isn’t as fluid as in the past, and this generation doesn’t have an elite talent like some other nations. It is like that, whether you like it or not. Thursday’s game won’t bring too many goals, two at most.
Our verdict: Under 2.5 goals
Colombia versus Brazil Odds
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