11 June, 2013 - 12:57

World Cup qualifiers preview (CONMEBOL): Ecuador vs Argentina and other games

World Cup qualifiers preview (CONMEBOL): Ecuador vs Argentina and other games

After being held to a goalless draw by Argentina on Saturday, Columbia were left in the second place trailing the group leaders by five points. They are in the driving seat to reach an automatic qualification, and need a win over underdogs Peru to increase their gap in the top half of the table. However Peru will try to show they are not the pushovers, as the victory allows them leapfrog Venezuela into the fifth-place playoff spot.

Ecuador vs Argentina

Ecuador, the dark horses of the current World Cup qualification campaign, have been doing remarkably well and are sitting comfortably in the third spot. They will hope to bounce back after their defeat at the hands of Peru at the expense of leaders Argentina. However this would be tough task, as Alejandro Sabella’s boys, who have lost only one game to date will enter the game knowing a win will guarantee them World Cup qualification if Peru and Uruguay fail to match their result.

Venezuela vs Uruguay

Venezuela could finally break the hoodoo of being the only CONMEBOL team to never reach World Cup final stages, if they continue sticking to their pragmatic style of play. They are currently finding themselves in the play-off spot and will try to improve their chances of booking the World Cup spot by outplaying talented Uruguay side, that who failed to win in their last six qualification games. Meanwhile Uruguay desperately need to go back on winning ways, if they are to reach the World Cup final stage.

Chile vs Bolivia

Chile have been arguably the most inconsistent team in CONMEBOL qualification campaign so far, as they have lost six and won six out of their last 12 games. Chile are two points ahead of the closest rivals Venezuela and will be looking for a win against sure-fire underdogs Bolivia who have managed to win only twice throughout the campaign and are near the bottom of the table.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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