BRAZIL, ARGENTINA TO MAINTAIN UNBEATEN RUN?
South American football giants Brazil and Argentina have navigated the World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the region without a single defeat till date and they would be hoping to maintain that unbeaten run when hostilities resume later this month.
In addition to their respective unbeaten runs, Argentina and Brazil have already qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar with several games to spare. They have qualified for the tournament automatically as they have an unassailable points advantage over the other teams in their region. Two teams are expected to join via the automatic route while a fifth team could qualify for the World Cup 2022 tournament via the playoffs.
Both Brazil and Argentina have tough games when the World Cup 2022 qualifiers resume in the South American region later this month. Leaders Brazil are away at Ecuador who need a few more wins to secure their place in Qatar later this year, while Argentina are guests of Chile who have struggled for the majority of this World Cup qualifying campaign and have a lot of work to do if they are to secure their place in Qatar either through the automatic route or the play-off route.
Ecuador are Brazil's next opponents and they are third on the standings. The Ecuadorians are the best team in the South American World Cup 2022 qualifiers outside Brazil and Argentina. They need just two wins from their remaining four matches to book their spot at the World Cup tournament on Qatari soil. After the home game against Brazil on January 27, they are guests of Peru on February 1 before they take on hosts Paraguay on March 24. Their last qualifier is at home to Argentina on March 29.
For the Chileans, they face Argentina (home) on January 27 and then Bolivia (away) on February 1. Their next game is against Brazil (away) before they round up their qualifying campaign against Uruguay (home).