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South American WCQ: A Dog Fight: A Predicton

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 29:  In this handout image provided by the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, a general view of the Peter Mobaka Stadium during the FIFA Inspection on September 29, 2009 in Polokwane, South Africa.  (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images for 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa)
Debasish DuttaroyCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2009

The South American qualifiers are getting intense. It is nail biting and looks like it will be a 3 horse race.
The 3 horses here are : Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay. The 4th and the 5th which do have an outside chance are
Columbia and Venezuela. There are only 2 rounds of matches left and lets take a look at what is in store for us.

Here is an analysis of what might happen in the exciting month of October:

Here is how the teams stand right now with their goal differences in the brackets.
ECU - 23 (-2)
ARG - 22 (+1)
URU - 21 (+8)
VEN - 21 (-5)
COL - 20 (-4)

I have 3 sets of predictions, there could be more, but I feel one of these 3 will happen.
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First set of predictions
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The FIRST ROUND 10/10/2009
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COL vs CHI - 1-1 (Chile has not qualified yet)
ECU vs URU - 1-0 (This is the most critical game)
ARG vs PER - 2-0 (Argentina might just win)
VEN vs PAR - 1-1 (Not sure, Paraguay has already qualified)

ECU - 26 (-1)
ARG - 25 (+3)
URU - 21 (+7)
VEN - 22 (-5)
COL - 21 (-4)

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THE SECOND ROUND 10/14/2009
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PAR vs COL - 2-1 (If the 1st round is true above, Columbia is already out)
BRA vs VEN - 2-0 (Brazil at home, win)
CHI vs ECU - 2-0 (Chile wants to make sure. Critical for them & at home)
URU vs ARG - 2-2 (This I am not sure, going with a draw)

ECU - 26 (-3)
ARG - 26 (+3)
URU - 22 (+7)
VEN - 22 (-7)
COL - 21 (-5)

Countries to qualify - Chile & Argentina. 5th place - Ecuador

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Second set of predictions
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The FIRST ROUND 10/10/2009
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COL vs CHI - 1-1 (Chile has not qualified yet)
ECU vs URU - 1-1 (This is the most critical game. Opting for a draw now.)
ARG vs PER - 2-0 (Argentina might just win)
VEN vs PAR - 1-1 (Not sure, Paraguay has already qualified)

ECU - 24 (-2)
ARG - 25 (+3)
URU - 22 (+8)
VEN - 22 (-5)
COL - 21 (-4)

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THE SECOND ROUND 10/14/2009
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PAR vs COL - 2-1 (If the 1st round is true above, Columbia is already out)
BRA vs VEN - 2-0 (Brazil at home, win)
CHI vs ECU - 2-0 (Chile wants to make sure. Critical for them & at home)
URU vs ARG - 2-2 (This I am not sure, going with a draw)

ECU - 24 (-4)
ARG - 26 (+3)
URU - 23 (+8)
VEN - 22 (-7)
COL - 21 (-5)

Countries to qualify - Chile & Argentina. 5th place - Ecuador

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Third set of predictions
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The FIRST ROUND 10/10/2009
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COL vs CHI - 1-1 - (Chile has not qualified yet)
ECU vs URU - 1-2 - (This is the most critical game. Uruguay wins.)
ARG vs PER - 2-0 - (Argentina might just win)
VEN vs PAR - 2-1 - (Not sure, Paraguay has already qualified. Ven wins)

ECU - 23 (-3)
ARG - 25 (+3)
URU - 24 (+9)
VEN - 24 (-4)
COL - 21 (-4)

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THE SECOND ROUND 10/14/2009
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PAR vs COL - 2-1 (If the 1st round is true above, Columbia is already out)
BRA vs VEN - 2-0 (Brazil at home, win)
CHI vs ECU - 2-0 (Chile's game to qualify. Critical for them & at home)
URU vs ARG - 2-1 (Uruguay wins if Argentina continues current form)

ECU - 23 (-5)
ARG - 25 (+2)
URU - 27 (+10)
VEN - 24 (-6)
COL - 21 (-5)

Countries to qualify - Chile & Uruguay. 5th place - Argentina

Based on the above analysis, this is what looks likely

1. Chile is certain to be the 3rd country to qualify.
2. Columbia may not have a realistic chance and will miss.
3. Argentina must win against Peru and rest might fall favorably for them.
4. Uruguay and Ecuador are in for a dog fight. Their game against each other most critical.

Let me know what you all think...

WE ARE IN FOR A MOUTH WATERING OCTOBER!!!

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