Colombia vs. Ecuador, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

One of Colombia or Ecuador can pull themselves well clear of the teams below the top four in CONMEBOL chasing an automatic qualifying spot with a win on Friday, while a draw probably helps both teams.

Ecuador and Colombia both look like good bets to appear in the World Cup next summer, but Uruguay is lurking in fifth place, ready to take advantage of anyone who slips up in the top four. A loss could put either -- and particularly Ecuador -- in hot water come October.

It's been an up and down campaign for Ecuador, but they've made the most of their home games. They had a rough June with a road loss to Peru and a home draw against Argentina, but they've been victorious in all of their other home games and own road draws against Uruguay and Venezuela. Colombia have put in some great performances at home, but did lose to Argentina and give up a surprise draw to Venezuela.

Colombia is loaded up top and has had to leave out some quality strikers, as always. Dorlan Pabon and Carlos Darwin Quintero have been left off this squad, as has red-hot Fredy Montero, who can't stop scoring for Sporting Lisbon. There are no big injuries for the Colombians, who have a deep squad in all areas. The same goes for Ecuador, who have no injury concerns to speak of.

Match date/time: Friday, 4:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Metropolitano, Barranquilla, Colombia

TV: beIN Sport en Español (U.S.)

Online: beIN Sport Play (U.S.)

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