The CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers are nearing the end and Argentina need points.
Following last night’s round of South American Qualifiers, there was one match which busted the table wide open. Paraguay’s unexpected 0-3 win away to Chile blew the door wide open for many nations with only three matches remaining. Here were last night’s results:
Venezuela 0 – 0 Colombia
Chile 0 – 3 Paraguay
Uruguay 0 – 0 Argentina
Brazil 2 – 0 Ecuador
Peru 2 – 1 Bolivia
[mstw_league_standings league=world-cup-qualifiers season=2016]
Only four points differentiate second place and seventh place (already sixth place means you don’t even make the playoffs) in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, that’s how tight things are at the moment. Here are the matches for Tuesday:
CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers Matchday 16 fixtures
Bolivia vs. Chile
Colombia vs. Brazil
Ecuador vs. Peru
Argentina vs. Venezuela
Paraguay vs. Uruguay
Argentina arguably has not only the easiest match of the round but even the easiests set of fixtures left in the qualifiers (Venezuela home, Peru home and Ecuador away). If history and current form is anything to go by, this round of qualifiers can be a major boost for Jorge SAMPAOLI’s men. For one, Brazil are absolutely flying while Colombia were only able to pick up a point away to Venezuela. Chile, coming off a huge 0-3 loss at home, have to travel to La Paz to play Bolivia. And Uruguay travel to Paraguay, a fixture where the Uruguayans have NEVER picked up a win away to Paraguay.
If (and this is a major if because things in South America never go as planned) Chile, Uruguay and Colombia all drop points with Argentina winning, Argentina could potentially be in second place by the end of the next round.
Obviously there are many different scenarios which can occur but there is a website which allows you to put in your predictions and it will automatically give you the updated standings. I submited mine (put in my predictions until the very last match) and these were my final standings:
Brazil (41 points)
Uruguay (30 points)
Argentina (30 points)
Colombia (28 points)
Paraguay (28 points)
I’ve been saying it since March that I feel as if Chile will miss out on the World Cup and following my fixture predictions, I would be right. Click on this link, put in your predictions (don’t forget to update last night’s results), submit yours and share them with us!