FIFA World Cup 2022™ – News – Pressure intensifies for South American hopefuls –

FIFA World Cup 2022™ – News – Pressure intensifies for South American hopefuls –

Following a hard-fought defeat of Ecuador, leaders Brazil travel to fourth-placed Paraguay in the only match of the day that features teams in the direct qualification places, both of whom also happen to be unbeaten. Asuncion is not a happy hunting ground for the Brazilians, who have not won there since 1985, registering two draws and two defeats since then. The hosts will have to work hard to break down the visiting defence, however. Tite’s side have kept four clean sheets in their five matches to date.

Currently third in the table, Ecuador will hope to get back on track against winless Peru, who lie bottom of the table on just one point. La Tri have been in unstoppable form in their Quito fortress, scoring ten goals in winning their first two home matches. Yet there is one stat that will give La Blanquirroja hope: they have won their last three World Cup qualifying matches against the Ecuadorians, including a 2-1 away win in 2017.

Inconsistent to date, fifth-placed Uruguay visit Venezuela, who lie one place off the bottom and need points. La Celeste will still be without the suspended Edinson Cavani, the scorer of the goal that gave them their last victory on Venezuelan soil: a 1-0 win in 2013. The Uruguayans are unbeaten in seven World Cup qualifiers (two wins and five draws) against La Vinotinto, who need to start scoring soon, having failed to do so in their four defeats in the campaign so far.

Without a win in their last two matches, seventh-placed Chile aim to break that run against Bolivia, who lie one place below them in eighth. Chile have won six of the seven World Cup qualifying encounters between the two in Santiago, the other match ending in a draw. La Roja picked up a morale-boosting point in Argentina but need to back it up with three more at home, while the Bolivians will leapfrog their hosts if they come away from the Chilean capital with three points.

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