All eyes will be on Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz when Bolivia and Argentina face each other in a highly-anticipated World Cup qualifier. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and live betting in the top European leagues.
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The expanded 48-team World Cup presents an opportunity for Bolivia to reach the finals for the third time in its history. However, their hopes of making their first World Cup appearance since 1994 have not been helped by the tricky fixture list, presenting them with two difficult opening fixtures against international heavyweights Brazil and Argentina.
They experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-1 loss to Brazil in their opener, but let’s not forget that they played on the road. At home, they have a huge advantage, playing at 12,000 feet above sea level, which affects oxygen levels, mainly in the second half of the games.
Having lost their last five qualifiers, Bolivia will go into the daunting fixture against the world champions as massive underdogs, so we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays. After being introduced in the second half against Brazil, Luciano Ursino could be brought into the Bolivian midfield for Tuesday’s encounter.
Despite coming off the bench to score Bolivia’s only goal of Friday’s heavy defeat, Abrego may have to settle for a place among the substitutes, with experienced striker Marcelo Moreno set to retain his starting position.
Messi Expected to Start on Bench
Argentina kicked off their World Cup qualifiers positively by sealing a 1-0 win over Ecuador. Lionel Messi’s free-kick goal made Argentina pass the Ecuador test. Their motivation has shown no signs of waning despite lifting their third World Cup trophy in December following a penalty shootout victory over France in the final.
Argentina has been one of the best teams on the international stage over the past year and has been in prolific form in recent months. Lionel Messi has been virtually unstoppable in Lionel Scaloni’s setup and will look to add to his goal tally this week, so if you’re betting online, you should expect him to find the back of the net.
He will probably start on the bench on Tuesday. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed after the win over Ecuador that he replaced Leo Messi at the player’s request, and the superstar also declared that he won’t play the entire match on Tuesday.
Argentina Enjoying Stunning Form
The 1-0 win against Ecuador extended Argentina’s unbeaten run to 11 games, while their group stage defeat to Saudi Arabia in the 2022 World Cup remains their only loss in the last 48 matches. They won seven of their previous eight encounters against Bolivia, including their most recent meeting in September 2021, which produced a comfortable 3-0 victory thanks to a Messi hat-trick.
Bolivia has conceded 26 goals in their last eight matches against Argentina in all competitions and has kept one clean sheet during this period. Since claiming the ultimate prize in Qatar, Argentina has recorded five consecutive victories by a combined 14-0 scoreline.
Bolivia vs Argentina Match Information
- Match: Bolivia (0-0-1) vs Argentina (1-0-0)
- Location: Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m. ET
- Bolivia vs Argentina Live Stream: Fox, Fubo
Bolivia vs Argentina Betting Lines
Bet an Easy Argentina Win, Over Total
The World Cup winners enter this clash as favorites, priced at -175 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at 2½.
Bolivia have struggled against Argentina in the past and have their work cut out for them on Tuesday. Argentina is the better team on paper and holds a definitive upper hand going into this match. Even if Messi does not start Tuesday’s contest, Argentina boasts a wealth of top-quality players that should prove too strong for Bolivia.
We are backing an away win, but for better odds, we will combine the moneyline with the goal market.