Colombia v Chile Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 26, 2019
Corinthians Arena - Copa America
Reigning champions Chile face in-form Colombia on Saturday, in what is surely the closest to call of the Copa America quarter-finals. Carlos Quieroz's side have won all their games thus far, but are coming up against a resolute and confident side in Chile.
Chile have failed to beat Colombia in their last four encounters, with the most recent, in November 2016 ending in a scoreless draw.
James Rodriguez is certain to step-back into the line-up having been rested against Paraguay, although Quieroz may have dilemma over whether to start long-serving Radamel Falcao or in-form Duvan Zapata.
Reinaldo Rueda also rested a key men in Maurizio Isla and Arturo Vidal in the last game, and the Barcelona midfielder will doubtless start again to hand the side some experience.
Colombia v Chile Predicitons and Previews
Two of the Copa America's strongest side's face off in the quarter-final, with both Colombia and Chile hoping to reach the finals.
Rueda's side may have won the competition twice in a row, but have been in dire form since, missing out on qualification for the World Cup. Fortunately for the Chilean's, Alexis Sanchez appears to have forgotten all about his struggles at Manchester United and is in strong form in this tournament, at 7/2 to score.
La Tricolor are arguably the tournament favourites, having beaten Brazil to finish top of their group. Quieroz has not over-complicated matters tactically, instead setting the team up in a 4-3-3 allowing the side's quality to shine through.
With a number of exciting talents up front, including James Rodriguez who is very much in the shop window this summer, and a solid midfield and defensive base, Colombia are looking very well balanced.
Going into the game, the result may rest on which defence comes out on top, with Peru looking strong against Uruguay's imperious front line in their last game, and Colombia yet to concede. Whichever manager opts to go for the win first could well make all the difference.
Duvan Zapata to score anytime at 2/1
The Atalanta man can't stop scoring at the moment, and could well be the man to unlock the Chile back line.
Under 2.5 goals at 29/50
Despite a wealth of attacking talent, the steaks of this game may see a more conservative approach.