Bolivia vs Brazil by Enzo
Bolivia lost their chances of reaching the qualifying ticket for the World Cup long time ago, but the side did improve and managed to impress in last three home matches - recording all three victories: against Paraguay, Argentina and Chile, without a single goal conceded in these previous three.
Their latest match was against Chile taking all three points with a narrow 1:0 victory, as the only goal got scored from the penalty kick in 58th minute taken by Arce. They were simply way more concrete than the opponents and threatened them well via counter attacks mostly. They stand now at ninth position without many chances to change something, being five points above rock bottom placed Venezuelans and seven less than eight placed Ecuador.
In comparison to previous few call-ups, home team will be not counting at midfielders Pablo Escobar (25/6, The Strongest), Danny Bejarano (17/0, Panionios), Rudy Cardozo (35/7, Bolivar) and forward Rodrigo Ramallo (14/2, The Strongest).
Brazil, on the other side, secured their World Cup ticket long time ago, but also the first position in South American qualifications being now ten points ahead of the second placed Uruguay with just two rounds till the end. They had a great run of nine victories in a row in qualifying phase before the last official game played in Colombia.
That match has ended as a 1:1 draw, but logically it was way more important game for the hosts than for the Brazilians. Guests were slightly better in overall open first halftime and took the lead during the additional time via Willian, but the hosts took over the initiative in second and deservedly equalized via Falcao in 56th minute.
In comparison to previous few call-ups, the team will be without defenders Filipe Luis (31/2, Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (48/5, Real Madrid), David Luiz (56/3, Chelsea), midfielders Diego (34/4, Flamengo), Giuliano (13/0, Fenerbahce) and forward Douglas Costa (21/3, Juventus).
- Bolivia has three consecutive home victories in these qualifiers.
Visitors aren't having competitive motives for this one and they might rotate the squad here in order to keep some players fresh for maybe more important home match against Chile in next days. It's not easy to play in Bolivia, but at the same time Bolivians were a bit luckier than usually in previous few matches and it will be hard for them to keep up with similar results. Over is my choice here since whoever play for Brazil should be aiming to leave positive impression, while they themselves are able to score few goals goals, with the hosts being capable of scoring as well.