Kick-off: Wednesday, 30 March @00:30 GMT
Venue: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes (Ciudad de Cordoba)
Head to head record
Argentina vs Bolivia 7-0 (2015 Friendly International)
Argentina vs Bolivia 5-0 (2015 Friendly International)
Bolivia vs Argentina 1-1 (2014 World Cup qualifiers)
Argentina vs Bolivia 1-1 (2014 World Cup qualifiers)
Argentina vs Bolivia 1-1 (2011 Copa America)
Argentina vs Bolivia prediction
Having defeated Chile in Santiago on Friday, Argentina will be looking to record their third straight win in the World Cup qualifiers when they square off against Bolivia at Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Ciudad de Cordoba.
Back on track
Argentina footballers disappointed the fans in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign, with the team suffering a loss to Ecuador in Buenos Aires. La Albiceleste then shared the spoils with the likes of Paraguay and Argentina and, as a result, the South American desperately needed a win against Colombia. Despite the fact that Leo Messi missed his fourth consecutive qualifier against los Cafeteros, the Argentinians did well to beat Jose Pekerman’s men in Bogota and, to make things even better for the fans, Tata Martino’s team outplayed Chile on Leo Messi’s return to the starting line-up. The Argentine tactician failed to score against La Roja, but the Barcelona ace is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. It has to be noted that Argentina are eyeing their first home win in the process.
Carlos Tevez did not make the squad, while Nicolas Otamendi has overcome his injury and he is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up. Paulo Dybala was forced to withdraw from the Argentina squad with injury. Augusto Fernandez is pushing for a start after he came as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Chile.
Yet another unlucky defeat
Despite taking the lead in the November qualifier against Paraguay, Bolivia eventually suffered a 2-1 loss to la Albirroja. La Verde suffered their fourth defeat of the process in midweek, with the team losing to Colombia in front of home fans in La Paz. The Bolivians were on the verge of sharing the spoils with los Cafeteros, but Cardona scored a late winner for Jose Pekerman’s charges. Julio Cesar Baldivieso’s men continue to slip down the standings and they are currently sitting in ninth place in the South America WC qualifying group. Bolivia face an uphill task in Wednesday’s match against Leo Messi and Co. and given that La Verde struggle on the travels, I do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Argentina’s party in Ciudad de Cordoba. Julio Baldivieso’s team are after their first ever win at Argentina.
Winger Arce misses the match through suspension, while Walter Veizaga is sidelined with injury. Morales picked up a knock against Colombia and he is definitely out of contention. Lizio and Zenteno remain on the sidelines as well.
- Argentina scored 12 goals in previous two games against Bolivia
- Bolivia failed to beat Argentina in previous five meetings between the two teams
- Leo Messi has yet to open his goal-scoring account in the 2018 WC qualifiers
- La Verde are on a four-game losing run on the road
- Bolivia failed to score in three of their last away fixtures
Argentina vs Bolivia betting tip
David faces Goliath in Ciudad de Cordoba. La Albiceleste produced a fine display in the win over Chile on Friday evening and seeing that Bolivia struggle on the travels, there is every chance the hosts will crush La Verde on Wednesday. Leo Messi is eager to open his goal-scoring account and I am positive that he is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Odds: 1.50 (1/2) @Unibet
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