2018 WC Qualifiers Offer South American Fixtures Worthy Of Your Picks

Bernardo Baltazar

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 12:20 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016 12:20 PM UTC

With the 2018 World Cup that will take place in Russia as a target, the South American National teams will play at the qualifying stage this weekend and we’ll provide the best betting lines.

Bolivia vs. Colombia
La Paz is situated at an altitude of 3637 meters, which affects the player’s performance and it’s the main reason for the other teams to struggle when they play at this Stadium. Bolivia is not one of the main candidates to qualify for the World Cup while on the other hand, Colombia is looking forward to recover after a less achieved start where they lost several points.

It’s expectable to see the visitor team with some difficulties but if we look at their last meetings, Colombia is one of the teams who deals better with the conditions, not losing a match on Bolivian soil since 2003. Pekerman has at his disposal what can be called a golden generation, with several talented players and the only way for us to approach this game is to be on James Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Bacca and Ospina’s side to win this match; Colombia represents our soccer pick for sure.

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Free Soccer Pick: Colombia (+120)
Best Line Offered: at Bovada


Ecuador vs. Paraguay 
With four victories in 4 matches, Ecuador had a perfect start on this qualifying stage, with their 2 – 0 triumph in Argentina as the biggest highlight of their campaign so far. It’s still too soon to know if they’ll book a place to Russia, but at the moment their price to reach the final stage at +125 188bet is a bet we recognize to have some value.

On the other side, Paraguay is always a difficult team to beat. Despite having a worst result on the road than at home, Paraguay is a tough team to beat and with good ability to score goals. On this visit to the surprising team of the group, they won’t count with one of their most important defenders, Pablo Aguillar, who is suspended for this contest.

Ecuador showed all their strength lately, with a very open game and creating several goal opportunities on their matches, yet they are overrated at the moment by the bookies and we don’t find value to back them at the current odds. On the other side, Paraguay should give a good fight on this match and score at least one goal, which makes the Both Teams to Score and the Over 2.5 two good value bets that we’ll fill in our betting slip.

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Free Soccer Pick: Over 2.5 (+136)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Peru vs. Venezuela
Two of the weakest teams will face each other and both know that their chances to qualify are very remote. Peru is not an easy team to face at home, with the ability to make the task very hard for their opponents, even the biggest teams on this group. They’ll face one of the weakest teams on this match and this is clearly a great opportunity for them to grab three points.

Venezuela hasn’t performed at good level lately and they’ll miss their attacker Seijas, who is suspended for this match. On the road, this team is even weaker than at home and it will be very hard for them to achieve a positive result on this match, especially due to the lack of training sessions together which won’t let them create defensive routines.

Even though we expect a home victory by 1 – 0 or 2 – 0 maximum, the price for Peru’s victory is not high enough for us to back them. The sportsbooks already are aware that this should be a low scoring affair and covered well the under 2.5 goals at -164 Pinnacle. However, Peru is a team who usually start the matches very well and because of that, the market HT/FT for Peru/Peru at +150 Bet365 has some value on this game. Besides this bet, the correct score 1-0 at +450 also on Bet365 is a valuable bet and we recommend a split between these two bets.

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Free Soccer Pick: Peru (-187)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Chile vs. Argentina
Chile reaches this game after suffering a clear loss against Uruguay and this is not the opponent that they would like to face to turn around things. Vidal, Sanchez and company have to face Messi’s team, who usually doesn’t perform so well when playing for the Albicelestes, but he’s at an amazing form and we believe he can do well on this couple of games. Besides Messi, all the other Argentinean offensive midfielders are in excellent shape: Di Maria, Higuain, Dybala, Gaitan and Aguero are all good examples of this team’s potential for the match against Chile.

With all those names, is hard not to think in a match with goals and although thinking that a Draw No Bet on Argentina is a line with some value, we believe that the goals market is the one that can give us the highest profit on this match and for that reason, we’ll pick it as our top bet. Chile should score at least one goal in front of their feverous supporters, but it’s almost impossible for them not to concede any goal against the Argentinean talents. We won’t pick any goal scorers because the soccer odds aren’t available yet and they should only be released closer to the game, but in case Messi is priced above +110, we’ll add the Argentinean star to our betting slip to score one goal on this game.

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Free Soccer Pick: Over 2.00 (-130)
Best Line Offered: at BetCRIS


Brazil  vs. Uruguay
Both teams arrive to this game after clear victories by 3 – 0, Brazil defeated the weak Peru while Uruguay crushed Chile by that big result, the same that they had already defeated Colombia on this qualifying stage, which is a clear prove of their good moment. This is a game where two of the three Barcelona dangerous attackers (known as MSN) will face each other: Neymar vs. Suarez. 

For this match Uruguay won’t be able to count with their defender Godin due to injury. Brazil is still recovering their morale and confidence after what happened on the previous WC, played in Brazil, and this is the kind of match where they want to win in order to prove to their supporters that they have chances to fight for something on the next World Cup!

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Free Soccer Pick: Both teams to score (-102)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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