Get our football experts’ best bets for the South American World Cup qualifiers kicking off in the early hours of Friday morning.
Ecuador vs Bolivia
With Colombia having to travel to Uruguay, Ecuador has the perfect opportunity to strike against a Bolivian side they have already beaten and haven’t won an away World Cup qualifier for over two 20 years. Ecuador has scored between minutes 46-60 in six of the last eight H2Hs, and only group leaders Brazil has scored more goals in qualifying than El Tri.
💶 TIP: Ecuador to score over 2.5 goals
Paraguay vs Argentina
Paraguay have been a tough nut to crack in qualifying, losing just twice from their nine matches. However, having drawn five of those, it’s easy to see why they haven’t had enough to be in the top five and are now reliant on results going their way and beating Copa América winners Argentina to have a chance. La Albiceleste has only conceded six times in eight qualifiers and having won the reverse fixture 1-0, similar is on the cards. Watch out for Lautaro Martínez, who has four goals in his last six international matches and five in his last six league appearances for Inter Milan. That bode well for an Argentina side that has scored first in its last 12 internationals.
💶 TIP: Argentina win to nil
Venezuela vs Brazil
The Seleção has won all eight of their qualifying matches, conceding a total of two goals. They haven’t blown teams away though, especially away from home and despite Venezuela sitting bottom with just one win, they’ve only conceded five in four of their home matches – and three were against Argentina.
💶 TIP: Brazil win & under 3.5 goals
Peru vs Chile
A resurgent Peru faces the task of going unbeaten in three straight matches in Lima for the first time since 2017 after claiming half of their eight tournament points from their two home games in September. Visitors Chile is on a run of three consecutive wins over Peru in WCQs, having last visited in 2015, but have fallen below their opponents to no. 23 in the FIFA world rankings thanks to a period of underwhelming form. Neither Peru (8) nor Chile (9) has been productive in front of goal throughout the qualifying campaign, with only Venezuela (5) scoring less.
💶 TIP: Under 2.5 goals
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