Team by Team FORECAST
UNDER new manager Sergio Batista, the hosts will try to end an 18-year title drought by mimicking Barcelona's possession game with an all-star cast led by Messi. Indeed, the Albicelestes had best not give up the ball—their defense has yet to fully recover from its 4--0 thrashing by Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals.
PREDICTION Group winner
WITH a budding superstar (Porto's Falcao) and a competent supporting cast (Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, Porto midfielder Fredy Guarín and AC Milan defender Mario Yepes), the Cafeteros will once again earn the respect of the region and prep for a strong 2014 World Cup qualifying run.
PREDICTION Group runner-up