Argentina top the table

Argentina continue to top the CONMEBOL table after their 2-1 away win against Chile last night. Chile fell asleep for 4 minutes in the first half and allowed Messi and Higuain to claim a quick brace in 28 and 31 minutes. Argentina then needed only to hang on to claim 3 points but they did […]

CONMEBOL team of week 9 (12/10/2012)

Week 9 saw Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia win and move away from the pack. The qualifying group has now split into 3 parts with Chile and Uruguay losing form in the last 3 games. Messi was at his imperial best against Uruguay. It has often been touted that little Leo does not perform for his […]

Ecuador can go top of the table with win against Chile

If results go their way on Friday and Tuesday, Ecuador could top the CONMEBOL table and bolster their World Cup qualification chances. The coming games against Chile at home then Venezuela in Caracas are not the easiest, but winnable even without some key players. Antonio Valencia will sit out the Chile game through suspension and […]

Hope comes with double Fletcher return for Scotland

  Friday will see the return of both Fletchers but which one will have the greatest effect on the already faltering World Cup qualification campaign? Scotland captain and Manchester United midfielder, Darren Fletcher should return to bolster a weak looking centre of the team. Fletcher’s calming influence and dynamism was sorely missed in the recent […]

All to play for in CONMEBOL qualifiers

  Such is the format of South American (CONMEBOL) qualifying that one double header of matches can drastically change the various team standings. While Bolivia,Peru and Paraguay look to be increasingly separated from the pack all the other teams still have realistic chances of qualification. Especially with 5 possible berths for Brazil up for grabs. Unsurprisingly Argentina […]

Ecuador may go into double header without Valencia

Ecuador may go into Friday’s qualifier against Chile without their only true superstar and talisman, Antonio Valencia. The Manchester United winger is carrying an injury and it will be last minute race for his inclusion. It’s hard to over-emphasis the dependency of Ecuador upon Valencia. Most of the national teams attacking play flow down the […]

Levein’s starting 11 versus Macedonia

4 hours before the game starts and Craig Levein has already announced that Jamie Mackie, James Forrest and Shaun Maloney will replace Charlie Adam, Robert Snodgrass and Steven Naismith. The only question on every Scottish fans lips is: Why no Jordan Rhodes? Kenny Miller looked knackered at half-time on Saturday and Rhodes had an immediate effect […]

Predicted formations for Uruguay vs Ecuador

Uruguay are coming off a 4- o hiding against Colombia on Friday and have slipped to 4rth in the CONMEBOL table. A combination of the relentless heat, a bad start and some iffy goal keeping contributed to their dramatic collapse. Anything less than a win  for Oscar Taberez’s team would be disastrous. “That goal calmed their […]