Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Argentina will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ecuador when they take on Bolivia at Estadio Hernando Siles in round 2 of the World Cup qualifiers. La Albiceleste aim to get their job done in the qualifiers as soon as possible, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the away team as Bolivia are tough to beat at home.
Estadio Hernando Siles has an altitude of 3,637 metres above sea level, which is the main reason why La Verde rarely lose matches on home soil. In their last meeting in La Paz Bolivia defeated Argentina 2-0, but you should bear in mind that there will be no fans at the stadium this time out. Even though Angel Di Maria and Kun Aguero are out of contention for the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Leo Messi and Co.
Highlighted Player (Luis Haquin):
Born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Luis Haquin is a 190-cm-tall defender who plays for Mexican side Puebla. Haquin started his senior career at Oriente Petrolero and after scoring three goals in 63 appearances in the Bolivian top flight, he moved to Puebla in 2018.
The Bolivia international made his debut for the Mexican team on February 16, 2019 in a 1-1 draw with Pachuca in Liga MX. Speaking of his international debut, Luis Haquin played his first ever match for the Bolivia national team on June 7, 2017 in a friendly against Nicaragua.
La Verde won the match 3-2, with Haquin coming as a substitute for Joan Candia in the dying minutes of the game. It has to be noted that the Puebla man has 4 caps for Bolivia U20 team. His main position is centre-back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Argentina):
Members of the CONMEBOL confederation Argentina national team are headed by coach Gerardo Martino and are considered one of the most nations in footballing world. Renowned for their attacking powers and defensive discipline Argentina have been playing their international matches since 1901 and their first ever competitive victory over Uruguay 3-2.
Commonly referred to as La Seleccion, Argentina are top of the FIFA World ranking, but their most recent records have been below par with the team last winning a major trophy in 1993. Two-time World Cup winners have lost the 2014 final to Germany coming agonizingly close to the crown they last won in 1986. Javier Zanetti is the most capped player with 143 matches to his name while Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi with 124 and 108 respectively are the current team members with most games to their name.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is six goals short behind Gabriel Batistuta who is the team’s top scorer with 56 goals he scored playing for La Seleccion from 1991 to 2002.