Bolivia vs Argentina
2018 World Cup Qualifiers – South America.
Date: Tuesday, 28th March 2017
Kick-off at 21:00 UK / 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz.
Meanwhile, Bolivia have little or almost no chance to make it to the World Cup 2018 after the 1-0 loss at Colombia last week. Their head-coach Angel Hoyos went in with an inexperienced side and performed admirably before a cheap penalty in the closing stages cost them a valuable point.
Bolivia have only 2 wins to their name in the qualification campaign and both win have come from their home fixtures. They sit just above Venezuela at the foot of the table with 7 points from 13 matches so far. This is 14-points behind the five qualification spots.
Argentina picked up a key victory when they faced Chile for the World Cup qualifier last Wednesday. A first half penalty goal from Lionel Messi was the only goal at the Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires, which helped them move up to third in the overall standings.
After 13 rounds in the South American Qualification fixtures, Argentina are trailing leaders Brazil by 8 points. Meanwhile, the second placed Uruguay are at a catchable distance of 1-point. But there is little room for error as the three teams behind them are all inside a 3-point gap.
The Albiceleste are coming without a win in their last three away games in the qualifiers. They were held to 2-2 draws by Venezuela and Peru before falling to a heavy 3-0 defeat at Brazil.
Bolivia vs Argentina: Head-to-head
Argentina are on a 7-match unbeaten run against Bolivia and wins in the latest four by keeping clean-sheets. However, only one of those matches were played at Bolivia, which was a 1-1 draw in calendar year 2013.
It will be interesting to know that Bolivia have troubled Argentina in the last few qualification games at their home turf. They were beaten just once in the last 5 matches and picked up 2 wins and 2 draws. In 2009, Bolivia humiliated Argentina with a 6-1 win at the same stadium for Tuesday’s match.
Bolivia vs Argentina: Prediction
It is also true that this Argentina team under Edgardo Bauza has so far failed to live up to the expectations. But this could be their chance to gain some confidence and boost the team morale.
Bolivia had troubled Argentina in the past in the qualifying fixtures at La Paz. But they might struggle to replicate those performances with the current squad.
Bolivia vs Argentina: Bet Tips
Argentina to win first-half at 2.50 with Unibet.