South American World Cup Qualification

17th July 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

South America

 

The top 4 teams qualify for the FIFA World Cup™. The 5th placed team enters a home-and-away play-off with the 4th placed team from North,Central America & Caribbean.

 

Fixtures

 

There are still four sets of fixtures left to play for all sides. We have highlighted a few matches which could prove crucial in terms of qualifying for South Africa.

 

05/09/2009 – Argentina V Brazil
05/09/2009 – Chile V Venezuela
05/09/2009 – Colombia V Ecuador
08/09-/2009 – Paraguay V Argentina
08/09-/2009 – Brazil V Chile
08/09-/2009 – Uruguay V Colombia

 


Key Battles

 

Undoubtedly, the game of most interest still left to play is the Argentina V Brazil match in September. A win for the Brazilians would see them take a big step towards the finals next year while defeat for Maradona’s men would see them lose their grip on that fourth and final qualifying position. A draw would probably suit Brazil down to the ground but Argentinian cannot afford that luxury and must go into that game in the mindset that it’s a must win game.

 

It’s a battle of the contenders as well as Colombia take on Ecuador and then go head-to-head with another rival in Uruguay, three days later. The advantage for Colombia in terms of qualifying is that they face beatable opposition. However, they need to win that home fixture with Ecuador in order to narrow the gap on not only fifth position but also fourth.

 

Brazil could wrap up qualification by the time their game with Chile finishes. A win against second place Chile could see them reserve their spot in next years spectacle while the same could be said for Chile. Providing the Chileans beat Venezuela three days earlier, they could go into that game with Brazil knowing a win would be enough to not only book a place at South Africa but possibly leapfrog Brazil into first position.

 

Group Summary

 

With just four games left to play in this group, there is still a lot to play for. Brazil look to be on their way to booking a ticket to South Africa next year with seven points separating them from fifth position. One more victory could be enough providing results go their way elsewhere. However, even other do get the victories they require, Brazil can feel safe in the knowledge that they need to win just two of their remaining four fixtures to qualify.

 

Chile and Paraguay occupy second and third respectively. The pair have put themselves just a few more victories away from the finals but they cannot afford to get complacent now with several side vying for a qualification spot. One of those being Ecuador who made it to the last sixteen in the last World Cup in Germany. As it stands, they would need to play a play-off match with the side which finishes fourth in the North, Central America & Caribbean group.

 

The biggest disappointment has to be Argentina. They’ve endured a stuttering qualification under former Argentinian great, Diego Maradona. They currently vacate the last automatic qualification spot in fourth position but their position is a precarious one and they will need to win the majority of their remaining games to keep the challengers at arms length.

 

Uruguay, Colombia and Venezuela and all still in with a shout of qualifying but need to end the group in fine style if they’re to do so. They trail the qualifying spots by four points and any more slip up from either of three would almost dash any hopes they have of making it to South Africa.

 

Bolivia can still qualifying, theoretically, although that does look extremely unlikely. They would need to win all of their remaining fixtures and hope other don’t win any of theirs. However, they still have a small chance of sneaking a fifth place finish but even that’s slim. Like above, they would results to go their way along with them winning their four remaining games.

 

Peru are the only side that cannot qualify for the finals next year after a dreadful qualifying campaign. They sit stone last with just seven points and even if they were to win all four of their remaining games, they would still fall a point short of fifth place. 

 

World Cup Qualification South America

  Country P W D L Diff. Points
1 Brasil 18 9 7 2 22 34
2 Chile 18 10 3 5 10 33
3 Paraguay 18 10 3 5 8 33
4 Argentina 18 8 4 6 3 28
5 Uruguay 18 6 6 6 8 24
6 Ecuador 18 6 5 7 -4 23
7 Colombia 18 6 5 7 -4 23
8 Venezuela 18 6 4 8 -6 22
9 Bolivia 18 4 3 11 -14 15
10 Peru 18 3 4 11 -23 13
               
  Last Update: 20/10/2009          

 




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