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Bolivia vs Argentina betting tips: World Cup qualifier preview, predictions and odds

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Bolivia vs Argentina match preview

These two made contrasting starts to World Cup 2026 qualifying, reflective of the fact they’re widely expected to finish towards opposite ends of the table.

Argentina began this campaign with a 1-0 victory over Ecuador at Estadio Monumental courtesy of a stunning free-kick from, who else, Lionel Messi, curling home just 12 minutes from time.

That was his 104th goal for his country, while Messi became the leading scorer in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying history, with that his 29th.

La Albiceleste are of course the reigning world champions, meaning Lionel Scaloni’s side highly-likely to cruise through these qualifiers.

Bolivia meantime are South America’s usual whipping boys, having not featured at a World Cup since USA ‘94, finishing in the bottom two in every cycle since Japan/Korea 2002 qualification.

On Friday night, la Verde were smashed 5-1 by Brazil at Mangueirão, with Víctor Ábrego’s late goal in Belém scant consolation.

This makes it, by some distance, the capital city on earth with the highest altitude.

Partially due to this, la Verde’s last 30 World Cup qualifying victories have all come at home, including beating both Brazil and Argentina back in 2009.

So, can the world champions overcome the conditions and leave Estadio Hernando Siles with all three points, or will Gustavo Costas’ team pull off an historic scalp?

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