Preview: Argentina vs Bolivia – prediction, team news, lineups
After the dramatic suspension of their clash with Brazil last time, Argentina will look to get back on track on Thursday, when they host Bolivia in the World Ranking.
La Albiceleste are undefeated in the group and are in second place, while their visitors remain ninth after a loss to Uruguay on Sunday.
Argentina began the qualification campaign for the World Cup in 2020 with a 1-0 victory over Ecuador and a 2-1 away win against Bolivia, when Lautaro Martínez and Joaquín Correa scored on the scoresheet to reverse a deficit of a goal when they faced opponents on Thursday. in peace.
Lionel Scaloni’s men headed to this summer’s Copa América with 12 points from their first six qualifying matches, and continued their momentum in the continental tournament, reaching the quarterfinals thanks to victories over Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia. , while they were distributed. A 4-1 win for the winger who will meet again on Thursday.
A comfortable 3-0 quarter-final victory over Ecuador saw them enter the final four, and the heroics of goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez helped La Albiceleste prevail in the penalty shoot-out against Colombia after a 1-1 draw in their semifinal tie.
As a result, they faced rivals Brazil in the final and held strong to defend a one-goal lead after Angel Di Maria’s opener to see a 1-0 victory and their 15th continental title.
Scaloni’s men picked up where they left off upon their return to the standings in this round of matches, defeating Venezuela 3-1 away from home when Lautaro Martínez, Joaquín Correa, and Ángel Correa found the net before Yeferson Soteldo scored a goal from the consolation in injury time for the team. Hosts.
They then traveled to face the leaders of the Brazil group, but the game ended abruptly within the first 10 minutes when health officials stormed the field in response to an issue related to the quarantine of several Argentine players, with the match suspended as consequence. .
Upon their return home, La Albiceleste will look to clinch another victory to maintain their strong position in the group and put more pressure on Brazil at the top as they host a Bolivian side struggling for form.
After a 5-0 win at the hands of Brazil in the opening game and the subsequent 2-1 loss to Argentina, Bolivia has largely been stuck at the bottom end of the qualifying group throughout the campaign.
At the start of the Copa América, La Verde has left with five points in the standings thanks to impressive draws with Paraguay and Chile and a 3-1 victory over Venezuela.
However, they were unable to bring that rebound in form to the tournament as they crashed in the group stage without winning a point in all four of their games.
In their first game since the game, La Verde earned an impressive point when Fernando Saucedo hit a late draw to see them draw 1-1 at home to Colombia.
This was followed by a trip to Uruguay the last time, with a double from Giorgian de Arrascaeta and goals from Federico Valverde and Agustín Álvarez that condemned them to a 4-2 defeat, despite Marcelo Moreno scoring two goals for the men. of Farias.
With only the top four teams getting automatic World Cup qualification and the fifth-place nation advancing to the playoffs, Bolivia will know they need to recover quickly to keep their qualifying hopes alive, but they face a particularly difficult task. with a trip to the Copa América champions.