World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Argentina vs Colombia prediction and betting tips (February 1)
Argentina are going with great momentum into this match against Colombia. The hosts are unbeaten in 18 consecutive home games. La Albiceleste seek a win as they near the top spot in the table.
Angel Di Maria captained Argentina to victory against Chile
Angel Di Maria captained Argentina to victory against Chile
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Argentina play Colombia in Round 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The match is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, 1 February 2022. The game time by GMT is 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1.

Latest betting odds

Argentina to win odds are set at 1.98 (-102 American; 50/51 Fractional), the odds for a draw are set at 3.30 (+230; 23/10), while Colombia to win odds are set at 4.80 (+380; 19/5).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Argentina — 50%, draw — 30%, Colombia — 20%.

Latest betting odds on Argentina vs Colombia (1 February 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.54 (+154; 77/50)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.61 (-164; 25/47)
  • Asian handicap (-0.75) on Argentina — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
  • Asian handicap (+0.75) on Colombia — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.59 (-172; 25/43)

Match preview and statistics

Argentina are second in the standings with 32 points and a +15 goal difference. They have the longest unbeaten streak in football (28 matches) and haven’t lost in 18 home games. La Albiceleste beat Chile 2-1 in their last match.

Angel Di Maria opened the scoring in the 10th minute of the first half with a beautiful curler from outside the box into the top corner. He drove down the right wing drawing three defenders towards him in the process before cutting inside and curling a trademark effort into the top corner, Rodrigo De Paul’s pass in space for Di Maria is credited as the assist.

Ben Brereton levelled the scores in the 20th minute. It was a fantastic goal from the Blackburn forward, who got on the end of a Nunez cross at the far post and rose above Molina before lobbing a header over Martinez. Assisted Marcelino Nunez with a perfect cross.

Lautaro Martinez made it 2-1 in the 34th minute, De Paul charged into space in midfield and hammered a shot from 30 yards out, which Bravo could only palm away. The goalkeeper puts it directly into the path of Lautaro Martinez, who buries the rebound.

Team statistics: 40% possession, seven total shots, seven chances created, five shots on target, 302 accurate passes, 81% pass accuracy, 16 fouls conceded, one corner, three offside, four yellow cards.

Argentina team news: Papu Gomez got an ankle injury in the last match and is unavailable for this match, Guido Rodriguez is sidelined due to Covid-19. Lionel Scaloni has tested negative for Covid-19 and should be on the sidelines for this game.

Colombia are sixth in the table with 17 points and a -2 goal difference. They have one win, two draws and two losses in their last five games. Los Cafeteros lost 0-1 to Peru in their last match.

Team statistics: 69% possession, 30 total shots, 25 chances created, one big chance, two shots on target, 411 accurate passes, 87% pass accuracy, eight fouls conceded, 14 corners, three offsides, one yellow card. James Rodriguez created the most chances (9), had four accurate long balls, had one dribble and gave nine key passes in the last match.

Edison Flores scored the match winner for Peru in the 85th minute of the second half with a left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Cueva with a through pass.

Colombia team news: Luis Muriel is unavailable due to Covid-19.

Argentina vs Colombia H2H

This is going to be the 19th meeting between both teams. From their previous meetings, Argentina have been the better side with nine wins, Colombia have two wins with seven draws. The last time they met was in 2021 in the Copa America semi-final. La Albiceleste won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time.

Key players and lineups

Argentina projected starting lineup:

  • Emiliano Martinez
  • Nahuel Molina
  • Nicolas Otamendi
  • Lisandro Martinez
  • Nicolas Tagliafico
  • Rodrigo De Paul
  • Leandro Daniel Paredes
  • Giovani Lo Celso
  • Lautaro Martinez
  • Angel Di Maria
  • Paulo Dybala

Angel Di Maria is the key player to watch out for. He captained the team to victory in their last match against Chile. Di Maria opened the scoring in the match. You should watch him in this match.

Rodrigo De Paul is another player to watch out for in this team. He created three chances in the last game and provided an assist. Everyone who watches this team knows De Paul is an important asset for the national team.

Colombia projected starting lineup:

  • David Ospina
  • Juan Cuadrado
  • Yerry Mina
  • Davinson Sanchez
  • Johan Mojica
  • James Rodriguez
  • Wilmar Barrior
  • Mateus Uribe
  • Luis Diaz
  • Rafael Santos Borre
  • Radamel Falcao

Luis Diaz is the key player to watch out for. He had a good game in the last match against Peru, created two chances, completed 4/7 dribbles, was fouled four times and won the most duels (12).

Betting tips and prediction

Argentina are in top form going into this match. They have four wins and a draw in their last five matches. In this period, La Albiceleste have scored seven goals and conceded only one goal. Impressive defensive record. Colombia, on the other hand, have one win in their last five games with two draws and two losses. The only game they won was a friendly match against Honduras. Los Cafeteros are not in great form ahead of this clash.

Predictions are Argentina to win, and under 2.5 goals. Argentina are in better form than Colombia ahead of this game. The visitors have been struggling to score goals in their previous games in the qualifiers. Scored zero goals in their last five qualifiers and conceded two goals.

Betting prediction: Argentina to win

Odds: 1.98 (-102 American; 50/51 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.61 (-164 American; 25/47 Fractional)

FootballFIFA World Cup 2022. CONMEBOL qualifiers. Matchday 16
Argentina — Colombia
Argentina to win
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