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Venezuela v Colombia Match Preview, 31/08/2017

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The home side may have a poor record in World Cup qualifying but we think they will be able to contribute to a goal filled game against Los Cafeteros

While Colombia are well placed in CONMEBOL qualifying, currently in second position behind runaway leaders Brazil, Los Cafeteros are far from guranteed a place in Russia next year.

Only four points seperate Colombia from sixth-placed Ecuador, meaning that Jose Peckermann's side can afford precious few slip-ups in the final stretch of qualifying. This week, they travel to bottom side Venezuela who have nothing but pride to play for, yet their position in the table is slightly misleading.

El Vinotinto have played well in plenty of matches but have been undone by lapses in defensive concentration, and against a side with whom they boast a healthy rivalry, Venezuela will prove competitive opposition.

bet365, who are live streaming the game for UK-based customers, offer a home win at 4/1 (5.00) with Colombia priced at 4/6 (1.66) and the draw available at 11/4 (3.75)

While Venezuela have been better than their results suggest, the fact remains that they have won just one of their 14 qualifiers. Despite that record they have been strong in front of goal and their record of 17 goals scored is just one less than Colombia and two more than Argentina.

Both teams to score has paid out in four of Venezuela's last six home qualifiers ,while the side have kept just one clean sheet at home since 2013.  

The price of 4/5 (1.80) for goals at both ends could therefore appeal, with Colombia scoring in some of the toughest away trips in the campaign including at leaders Brazil, against continental champions Chile and in the crushing altitude of Ecuadorean capital Quito.

Over 2.5 goals, meanwhile, is offered at an appealing 17/20 (1.85) with this selection having paid out in four of Colombia's seven away matches in the current campaign as well as proving a profitable bet in five of Venezuela's seven home encounters.

Combining both these selections could also be of interest with both teams to score and over 2.5 goals priced at 5/4 (2.25)

Over 2.5 goals at 17/20 (1.85) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365