Only two match days left in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers and four positions yet to be finalized for World Cup finals. Brazil is the only nation from South America and first to qualify for Russia 2018 with 37 points from 16 rounds.
Uruguay is at second with 27 points, Colombia at third with 26 points, Peru and Argentina sharing 24 points respectively at fourth and fifth. Chile is at sixth with 23 points, whereas Paraguay and Ecuador also in trot to go for World Cup finals with 21 and 20 points respectively.
A lot of permutations & combinations can be done and any of the four teams from second place to eight can qualify for Russia 2018 along with Brazil. Only seven points separates the team sitting at second place to team at eighth place right now.
Uruguay and Colombia can seal their place to the World Cup finals on Thursday with their victory over Venezuela and Paraguay respectively. Already eliminated and last placed Venezuela may shatter Uruguayans’ dream, but only a draw can give La Celeste an edge going into last match.
Paraguay road to World Cup finals will end here if Colombia manages a victory over them making their way to Russia 2018. Los Cafeteros did very well in last World Cup held in Brazil and their captain James Rodriguez was awarded Golden Boot for his performances throughout the tournament.
Peru and Argentina will be up against each other sharing equal points (24 points) on the table. Lionel Messi’s Argentina need to pull a victory against their rival to book their place in Russia 2018 through automatic route, otherwise they’ll have to go through play-offs. Fifth placed CONMEBOL nation will play against New Zealand in play-off for the final berth. La Albiceleste couldn’t make the mistake of 1970 World Cup qualifiers, when they played a 2-2 draw against Peru and failed to qualify for World Cup finals held in Mexico.
Chile and Ecuador will face each other to book their place in finals and anything possible depending on other results. Back to back Copa America winners and Confederation Cup finalists Chile need a victory against Ecuador to keep their hope alive and if they don’t want to suffer a setback. La Roja will make a visit to Brazil on last match day and they couldn’t expect to pull a victory against the in-form Tite side.
Ecuador have a difficult job to pull consecutive victory against Chile and Argentina to make their way to finals. It’s a distant dream but still possible. The only match on Thursday which won’t play a major role in qualification is Bolivia vs Brazil. Tite’s Brazil side would like to continue their decent run and register their first qualifying victory against Bolivia at La Paz since 1985.