With all the attention currently on the Euro 2016 tournament, many fans may have been neglecting to watch the Copa América Centenario tournament. And it’s definitely their loss as the Copa América quarterfinals are set to start today and it’s been quite the tournament so far. Copa América predictions continue to pour in as only eight teams remain, all of whom are viable contenders for the championship. One of the more interesting match-ups in this quarterfinal portion of the Copa América schedule is the one set to take place between Peru and Colombia. Why is this one so interesting? And does either team have a distinctive advantage? Here’s more info and our Peru vs. Colombia predictions and some Copa America 2016 predictions as well.
Who Will Win Peru vs. Colombia?
For those unfamiliar with the tournament, the Copa América is a men’s soccer (football to most of the involved countries) event between the national teams of the South American Football Confederation, and it is considered one of the biggest sporting events in the world, with the winner earning the right to compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup. This year, the tournament is being held across the United States, marking the first time the U.S. has hosted the event. As of this writing, eight teams remain: Peru, Colombia, the U.S., Ecuador, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, and Chile. For this upcoming match, the question on everyone’s lips is “Who will win Peru vs. Colombia?”
Prior to the quarterfinals, there were 16 teams divided into four “groups,” with each team playing the other three in their group once and the two teams with the best record moving forward. Colombia was a member of Group A, tying the U.S. for first with six points—both teams won two and lost one—and helping to eliminate Costa Rica (four points) and Paraguay (one point). As for Peru, they won Group B with seven points (two wins and one tie) and moved on with Ecuador (five points for one win and two ties); also in Group B were Brazil and Haiti.
The match between Peru and Colombia will take place on Friday, June 17th at the MetLife Stadium, which is inside the MetLife Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It is best know as the home of two NFL teams: the New York Giants and New York Jets. It will be the second game in the Copa America quarterfinals played, following the prior day’s match between the Untied States and Ecuador. The winner between Peru and Colombia will go on to face the winner of June 18th’s match between Mexico and Chile, with that semifinal game scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 22nd, giving the winners plenty of time to prepare. So, with that established, everyone’s is wondering who will win the match between Peru vs. Colombia.
Copa América 2016 Predictions
In the five past games, the two teams have played against each other—one in 2012, one in 2013 and three in 2015—Colombia has won three times and they have tied twice; in other words, over the past four years, Peru has never beaten this team. Add on to that the fact that Peru was already embracing its underdog status when this tournament began, having gotten the surprise win against Brazil earlier when they had already been written off, and the country’s Copa América Centenario run looks to be on the cusp of coming to an end.
Similarly, Colombia was not a favorite to win the tournament, seemingly carried only by the strength of David Ospina in net. However, the team has come alive this tournament with its fair share of players carrying their weight and then some. But, a revived team may not accomplish much against a consistently solid Peru that has also been notable for its very strong defense as of late.
Carlos Sanchez of Colombia was quoted as saying that “Peru have demonstrated an important power, and it is a team that is always getting better,” and that, in regards to his own team, “Our physical aspect is fundamental, but a lot of games are usually won by the mental aspect.” He’s not wrong: if either team wants to prove they have what it takes to make it to the final four and beyond, they need to look past their teams’ previous histories, focus the wins that brought them this far into the tournament, and look to expand on what has previously worked.