Streaking Brazil favored over Colombia on World Cup qualifying odds
Brazil will be aiming to extend its lead atop the CONMEBOL World Cup qualification table with a 10th straight qualifying victory when it battles second-place Colombia on Tuesday as a +140 road favorite on the betting lines.
The Canarinho have been unbeatable since suffering their sole qualifying loss almost two years ago. The 2016 Olympic champions are 11-3-0 in 14 qualifiers since, and have surrendered just two total goals in nine straight qualification victories going into Tuesday’s match at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in Barranquilla, Colombia.
The Brazilians continued their dominance with last week’s 2-0 win over Ecuador as -250 favorites, which clinched first place on the table and a berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Canarinho have been equally strong both at home and on the road, allowing just one total goal in their past six road dates across all competitions.
Colombia returns to action as a +200 home underdog after coming away with a disappointing 0-0 draw as a -173 favorite in last week’s qualifier against Venezuela. Los Cafeteros have struggled with consistency throughout this World Cup qualification cycle, twice enduring three-match winless skids, and have tallied just three victories in their past eight qualifying matches.
While that run has been good enough to lift Colombia to second place on the table, Los Cafeteros sit just two points up on fifth-place Argentina and remain far from assured of clinching a second straight World Cup berth.
The Colombians have fared much better on home turf, suffering just one loss in 13 qualifiers dating back to September 2012. Los Cafeteros also eked out a 0-0 draw in their last home meeting with Brazil back in 2007. However, Colombia is winless in five matches with Brazil at home since 1959, going 0-2-3 during that stretch.
In other CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying action on Tuesday, Argentina hosts Venezuela as a massive -1100 favorite, third-place Uruguay visits Paraguay as narrow +160 chalk, and fourth-place Chile travels to Bolivia as a -115 favorite.
Argentina has held opponents scoreless in three of four qualifying matches, and faces a Venezuelan squad that looks to end a stretch of three straight draws but trails at +2200 on the game line odds.
Uruguay is winless in six across all competitions but remains just one point back of Colombia, while Paraguay ended a four-match slide with a stunning 3-0 win over Chile as -360 chalk last week.
Chile has just one win in its past five meaningful contests, and has failed to find the back of the net in three straight matches across all competitions.
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