Now that the summer transfer window has shut across most of Europe, Bolivia and Colombia get back to the business of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in La Paz on Thursday. How to Watch Bolivia vs. Colombia: Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time
South America's giants resume the qualification quest for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and Colombia faces a tricky comeback fixture away to Bolivia.
La Verde host Reinaldo Rueda’s side having won only one of its first six games and with the joint-most goals conceded in CONMEBOL qualifying, but a midweek win could see it leapfrog La Tricolor.
How to Watch
Date: Thursday, Sept. 2
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia
TV: fubo Sports Network 2 (ENG), Eliminatorias CONMEBOL (ESP)
A little less than two months has passed since Colombia finished third at the Copa América, a campaign that failed to bring it into contact with Bolivia.
In fact, it’s been more than four years since these teams last met in any competition, a statistic Bolivia may be glad of considering it hasn't defeated this particular enemy since 2003.
Colombia has triumphed in eight of its 10 encounters since then, but Bolivia boss César Farías will hope he can inspire some change in what will be his first meeting with the Coffee Growers in this post.
While the home outfit’s defense has been porous thus far, captain Marcelo Martins Moreno leads CONMEBOL qualifying with six goals and is one Colombia would be wise to watch at the Estadio Hernando Siles:
Moreno, 34, also happens to be his nation’s all-time top scorer with 25 goals to his name, the Cruzeiro striker being one of the squad’s few players based outside his native Bolivia.
Juan Carlos Arce and Erwin Saavedra are two of the host's other primary scoring threats, though they were hardly firing at the Copa América as Bolivia scored just twice in its four straight defeats.
Colombia also happen to have its all-time top scorer back among its ranks as Radamel Falcao returns after recently chaning his club scenery.
The 35-goal national icon terminated his Galatasaray contract on deadline day to seal a move back to Spain with Rayo Vallecano, which Colombia will hope puts some pep in his step upon his return to the fold:
There’s a stark contrast between the two countries in that while 18 of Bolivia’s 28-man squad are based at three clubs — Bolívar, Always Ready and The Strongest — only seven of their opposition’s roster plies their trade in Colombia.
That wealth of European investment is one indicator as to why Colombia will be counted as favorites in La Paz, where the altitude can sometimes play havoc with any unsuspecting guests.
Rueda and company could jump as high as third if they notch a second straight away win in qualifying, but Bolivia have its sights set on improvement after a disastrous Copa campaign.
Bolivia and Colombia will meet for Matchday 9 of the Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers for Qatar 2022. Here, check out everything there’s to know about this match such as the preview, information, predictions and odds. This game can be watched in the US with Fubo TV.
Bolivia are in need of points if they want to get a chance to play in Qatar 2022. Cesar Farias’ side are eight in the table, only one point above Venezuela and Peru. They won against La Vinotinto 3-1 and drew with Chile 1-1 last time out, and want to keep with that momentum.
On the other hand, Colombia is coming into this match after winning the third place in the Copa America in July. Los Cafeteros had solid performances during the tournament, and will want to keep up with that good work to add more points in their World Cup Qualifiers campaign. They are currently fifth.