South America World Cup Tips: Ecuador to take advantage against toothless Bolivia

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Ecuador will relish their home tie against Bolivia

South American expert Nathan Joyes analyses the next round of World Cup qualifiers and looks at those looking to make it to Qatar.

"With Colombia having to travel to Uruguay, Ecuador have 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 decades."

Ecuador to run riot

Ecuador v Bolivia, Friday 01:30

Ecuador currently occupy fourth in the group stage, level on points with Colombia. Although Uruguay are only two points ahead of them, they'll be aware that Paraguay are only two behind them in sixth place. A home match against Bolivia is the perfect opportunity to cement a top four spot.

With Colombia having to travel to Uruguay, Ecuador will have no better chance but to strike against a Bolivian side they have already beaten and haven't won an away World Cup qualifier for over two decades.

Having won once so far in qualifying at home to bottom side Venezuela, Ecuador will look to collect all three points in style. Back Ecuador to be leading at 30 minutes at 1.9520/21.

Messi & co can ruin Paraguay's dreams

Paraguay v Argentina, Friday 00:00

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 defeating the Copa America champions in the process - a tall order indeed.

Argentina have had a solid campaign, winning five and drawing on three occasions. They've probably failed to live up to their expectations in terms of topping the group, but Brazil have been far too strong for anyone.

This is their last away match and they'll want to finish as close to Brazil as possible and having only conceded six goals, Paraguay will struggle to get on the scoresheet. Argentina beat their opponents 1-0 in the reverse fixture and I'm expecting a similar outcome once more.

You can back Argentina to win and both teams not to score at 2.0521/20 which is well worth a crack.

Brazil to continue 100% streak

Venezuela v Brazil, Friday 00:30

It's been a very impressive qualifying campaign for Brazil so far, winning all eight matches and conceding on just two occasions. They are firmly holding on to top spot and even with a little rotation expected in Venezuela, they'll be very keen to make it nine from nine.

However, Brazil haven't blown anyone away, especially away from home and despite Venezuela sitting bottom with just one victory, they've only conceded five in four of their home matches - and three were against Argentina.

Although another clean sheet looks on the cards for Brazil, a ninth victory and under 3.5 match goals can be backed at 1.774/5 through the Bet Builder selection which is a very fair price all factors considered.

Low scoring affair in Peru

Peru v Chile, Friday 02:00

Neither Peru (8) or Chile (9) have been productive in front of goal throughout the qualifying campaign, with only Venezuela (5) scoring less. Already based on this evidence, it's no real surprise for me to tell you that Chile have only scored two goals away from home, whilst Peru have scored four in five home matches.

Although under 2.5 goals at 1.664/6 is priced about right, there's more value in the both teams to score no market at 1.804/5 and even with Ben Brereton Diaz scoring for fun for Blackburn, expect a rather dab affair in this encounter.

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