JONKOPINGS V SUNDVALL
Jönköpings Södra IF will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 0-1 Superettan loss in their previous game against Norrby IF.
Dijan Vukojevic (49') scored for Norrby IF.
It has not been often in recent times that Jönköpings Södra IF have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Jönköpings Södra IF have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 8 goals in the process.
Coming into this meeting, Jönköpings Södra IF have not won at home in their last 2 league matches.
GIF Sundsvall will go into the clash after a 1-2 Superettan win to defeat Helsingborgs IF in their most recent match.
In that match, GIF Sundsvall managed 54% possession and 6 shots on goal with 4 on target. For GIF Sundsvall, goals were scored by Linus Hallenius (25') and Paya Pichkah (90'). At the other end, Helsingborgs IF got 9 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Charlie Weberg (55') was the scorer for Helsingborgs IF.
A series of very capable performances by the GIF Sundsvall defence has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 4 from their past 6 outings overall. During the same time, their own forwards have managed to score 9. That aside, we must now wait to see whether that pattern will persist in this next match.
BOLIVIA V PARAGUAY
Buoyed by a 1-0 win over Peru, Bolivia will be looking to keep on climbing the standings when they take on Paraguay on a high altitude at Estadio Hernando Siles. La Verde are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but keep in mind that midfielder Henry Vaca misses the game through suspension. Ramiro Vaca, on the other hand, is pushing for a start after scoring the winner in the last group game.
Paraguay, on the other hand, aim to keep regain their spot in top five. La Albirroja continue to rely on Premier League star Miguel Almiron, and seeing that they will go for a win in Thursday’s qualifier as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. Valencia defender Omar Alderete serves a one-game as he was sent off in a 2-0 loss to Chile.
COLOMBIA V ECUADOR
After producing a fine display in a goalless draw with star-studded Brazil, Colombia will be aiming to return to winning ways in the World Cup qualifiers when they host Ecuador to Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez on Thursday evening. Key midfielder Juan Cuadrado returns from suspension, while Atalanta attacker Duvan Zapata is widely expected to replace Radamel Falcao in the starting XI.
Since Colombia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win Thursday’s qualifier. Ecuador, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Rondon-less Venezuela, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Enner Valencia, who has netted three goals in the process to date
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