Tough night in store for Argentina


South American World Cup qualifying finally concludes on Tuesday with so much still to be settled, most notably Argentina’s place in Russia.

La Albiceleste have struggled since reaching the 2014 final and, despite being blessed with some of the best players in the world, their squad is unbalanced, with their attacking options outweighing those at the back.

In all honesty, though, the fact they head to Ecuador needing to win to have any chance of qualifying – when you consider the talent in their squad – is ridiculous. Jorge Sampaoli has been parachuted in to save them but his radical approach means he is still to work his magic.

They simply have to win on Tuesday and an away victory is 20/51. On paper they should have enough but it’s worth noting Ecuador’s price of 15/2, which is largely due to the game being played in tough conditions in the altitude of Quito.

Brazil may have already qualified but opponents Chile have not. Their 2-1 victory over Ecuador has given them a huge boost but there is a feeling that the current La Roja line-up is reaching the end of its cycle and a win in Sao Paolo could prove a step too far.

The Selecao are 20/27 for the points and there could also be another home win on the cards in Asuncion where Paraguay host Venezuela. Having won 1-0 in Ciudad Guayana back in 2015, Los Guaranies are 20/57 for the victory.

Uruguay are also assured at least a play-off place and should beat Bolivia at 2/17 and the value bet of the night could be Peru’s 7/5 against Colombia, with Los Incas aiming to reach a first World Cup since 1982.

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