Bolivia vs Argentina by Isaiah
Bolivia never had real chances of progressing further to the World Cup competition, but after their 1:0 loss away from home few days ago against Colombia, their chances are way below reality now. After thirteen rounds played, Bolivians have two victories, a draw and seven losses, being also worst offense in South America with just ten goals scored.
They are second from the bottom with seven points earned, which is just a point more than Venezuela, but also thirteen less than Ecuador which is placed on fifth, play-off position. They were limited to a very defensive role against Colombia and theretened extremely little in that match, however Colombians were struggling to score and only managed in 83rd minute via Rodriguez after missed penalty.
In comparison to previous few call-ups, the side can't count at defenders Luis ALberto Gutierrez (45/0, Bolivar), Marvin Bejarano (35/0, The Strongest), Edward Zenteno (33/0, Jorge Wilstermann), midfielders Rudy Cardozo (37/5, Bolivar), Walter Flores (35/1, Bolivar), Joselito Vaca (56/2, Blooming) and forward Yasmani Duk (15/1, Al-Ettifaq).
Argentina, on the other side, comes from a narrow 1:0 victory against Chile on Thursday night, as the team now stands third at the table with twenty-two points more, two more than sixth placed Chile (position that will not be going to World Cup play-offs). This means that the Argentinians remain in a must win situation here as any other result would probably bring them back in a really difficult situation.
They entered the game better and took the lead from a penalty kick taken by Messi in 16th minute, while the game itself wasn't very interesting with both teams risking little, while the hosts were probably satisfied with the result and left the ball possession to Chileans a bit more than what they usually would.
In comparison to previous few call-ups, the side isn't counting at defenders Nicolas Otamendi (44/3, Manchester City) due suspension, midfielders same as Javier Mascherano (136/3, Barcelona), Lucas Biglia (49/1, Lazio) and striker Gonzalo Higuain (68/31, Juventus). Injured are defenders Pablo Zabaleta (58/0, Manchester City), Martin Demischelis (51/2, Malaga), midfielders Erik Lamela (23/3, Tottenham) and Javier Pastore (27/2, PSG).
Argentinians aren't in their best form and they are missing few important players - Bolivians miss too. Despite all the negativity in Argentina's performances, I still see them here as clear favorites for this one. Competitive motive is on their side while they have much more of individual quality without any doubt.