CONMEBOL World Cup 2018 Qualification Begins
October 8th sees the start of World Cup 2018 Qualification in the CONMEBOL zone, which is the highly competitive battle for places in South America. It’s such a long and arduous qualification process as the final round of matches won’t be played until November 10th in 2017. So there is a long road for the ten nations involved with eighteen games to come and there are never any easy games in the CONMEBOL qualifiers.
The top four of the ten automatically will take their place at Russia 2018 while the fifth-placed finishers will go into an inter-confederation play-off tie. So what is to come in the opening round of 2018 World Cup qualifying from South America? All ten teams are in action on Match Day One (October 8th) with their respective second matches being played on October 8th.
Argentina and Brazil are naturally at the head of the market to win South American qualification and they are both knocking around the 6/5 price, followed by Chile at 7/1. The big clash on Match Day One is Chile v Brazil from the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago. Both will be hoping to get off to a positive start in the heavyweight clash of Match Day One, perhaps Chile more-so because not only will they want to claim a big scalp, but they face a tricky trip to Peru on Match Day Two while Brazil host Venezuela.
Argentina open against Ecuador and then move on to a trip to Asuncion to face Paraguay. Colombia get a home start on match day one against Peru and then take a trip to Uruguay. Away games in South American World Cup qualifiers are tough, even for the top nations to navigate their way through. The first of the big Argentina v Brazil clashes happens on November 13th from Buenos Aires so that will be an early show of dominance from someone there.
A look back at the 2015 Copa America, which was won by Chile shows how competitive the zone is, with Paraguay and Peru both taking unexpected berths in the semi-finals, with Brazil failing to get past the quarter-finals.
World Cup 2018 South America Qualifying Group Winner
Argentina 6/5, Brazil 6/5, Chile 7/1, Colombia 10/1, Uruguay 10/1, Ecuador 16/1, Paraguay 20/1, Venezuela 33/1, Peu 66/1, Bolivia 100/1.
It is extremely competitive and no quarters are given ever and it is a qualification league which is packed full of stars like Lionel Messi Neymar, Luis Suarez, Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria, Oscar and Alexis Sanchez. Follow all of the World Cup 2018 qualification games through online betting site Bet365 and their brilliant live in-play betting service which opens around 70 markets on a live game. Open a new account with Bet365 and earn a 100% matched deposit bonus.