|Team ||P ||W ||D ||L ||GF ||GA ||GD ||Pts
|Argentina ||7 ||4 ||2 ||1 ||15 ||6 ||+9 ||14
|Colombia ||7 ||4 ||1 ||2 ||12 ||6 ||+6 ||13
|Ecuador ||7 ||4 ||1 ||2 ||8 ||7 ||+1 ||13
|Uruguay ||7 ||3 ||3 ||1 ||15 ||11 ||+4 ||12
|Chile ||7 ||4 ||0 ||3 ||12 ||13 ||−1 ||12
|Venezuela ||8 ||3 ||2 ||3 ||7 ||8 ||−1 ||11
|Peru ||7 ||2 ||1 ||4 ||9 ||13 ||−4 ||7
|Bolivia ||7 ||1 ||1 ||5 ||7 ||12 ||−5 ||4
|Paraguay ||7 ||1 ||1 ||5 ||5 ||14 ||−9 ||4
Quite a few surprises so far in this group.
First, there's the fact that the World Cup quarterfinalists and Copa finalists, Paraguay, have been downright awful. Almost halfway through the qualifiers, they look in dire straits.
Next, there's Colombia. Radamel Falcao has that team flying, just a point behind Argentina in the pursuit the top spot.
Ecuador is also doing great, sitting in the qualifying spots.
Uruguay and Chile have struggled a bit, barely hanging onto fourth and fifth as Venezuela push them.
Argentina has just been getting better and better as the qualification process has gone on. With Argentina currently sitting in the top spot, I'll go with Argentina to cruise to Brazil.
Uruguay has struggled of late, but I expect the World Cup semifinalist and Copa America champion to work its way into the World Cup.
Colombia has been the surprise package of the qualifiers so far. I suspect Falcao may just lead this team to the promised land of their fifth World Cup.
Chile has hit a bit of a snag of late, losing to Colombia in Santiago on Tuesday after an early red card. Still, I think the Chileans will have enough to stumble their way back to the World Cup.
The last spot is a tough one. Ecuador has had such a great run thus far, but they have only had one point away from home with five such matches remaining. I doubt the impeccable home form can be sustained against the likes of Argentina, and a few more losses away should see Ecuador fall quickly through the rankings.
On the other hand, I have been very impressed by Venezuela so far and think it will be able to nick that playoff spot.
Automatic Qualifiers: Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Chile
Eliminated: Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia