EL SALVADOR V MEXICO
El Salvador have struggled with their forward play of late. Their ‘goals for’ figure equals just 1 versus opponents during their previous six fixtures. In those meetings, El Salvador have also seen the tally of goals scored against them total 5.
Mexico will go into this game following a 3-0 WC Qualifiers - N & C America win to defeat Honduras in their last match.
The stats don’t lie, and Mexico have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 5 goals in all. Defensively, Mexico have some weaknesses to address. With no two games being the same, we must now wait to see whether that trend might be sustained in this next game.
Prediction: Both team to score
BOLIVIA V PARAGUAY
Bolivia, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 1-0 WC Qualifiers - South America success vs Peru.
Fixtures involving Bolivia have usually been entertaining affairs lately with a lot of goalmouth action the rule rather than the exception. Over their past half dozen games, a grand total of 20 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 5 of them belonging to Bolivia.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Chile in WC Qualifiers - South America competition, Paraguay and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
Looking at their form, and Paraguay have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 8 goals in total. Defensively, Paraguay certainly have room for improvement. Let’s see whether or not that trend can be sustained here.
Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals
COLOMBIA V ECUADOR
Colombia enter this game after a 0-0 WC Qualifiers - South America drawn match against Brazil.
Colombia have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets lately, but they’ve also found ways to score goals themselves. Analysis of their previous 6 games shows that Colombia have been punished defensively in 5 of them as well as managing to get on the scoresheet in 5 of those matches.
Following on from a loss in their previous game against Venezuela in WC Qualifiers - South America action, Ecuador will be hoping to turn things around here.
The trend of at least one side getting a clean sheet in games involving Ecuador has become apparent in recent matches. Examining their last 6 meetings shows that it’s occurred 5 times. During those clashes, their opponents have managed a goal total of 5 and Ecuador have scored 6. While that may be of interest, it remains to be seen if the trend will persist here in this game.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
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