Argentina - Colombia Betting Preview: Home side set to march on in World Cup qualification quest

Alejandro Sabella's side need four points to ensure qualification and our tipster expects the Albiceleste to enjoy a comfortable home win
Argentina stand on the brink of qualification for the 2014 World Cup and Alejandro Sabella's men can take another giant step towards securing their place in Brazil if they can claim victory over Colombia in Buenos Aires on Friday night.

Friday's hosts lead the South American standings, having collected 24 points from 11 qualifiers thus far and Sabella’s side need just four points from their remaining fixtures to ensure their participation in next summer’s showpiece event.

La Albiceleste are chalked up as 8/15 (1.53) favourites with Paddy Power to enjoy a crucial victory over third-placed Colombia this weekend while the visitors can be backed at a chunky 11/2 (6.50) with the same firm to upset the hosts. Paddy Power go 13/5 (3.60) that the match ends in stalemate.
Those keen to follow the action will be able to do so via live streaming on the Paddy Power website and it looks certain to be an entertaining clash for those who do tune in on Friday nigh
Argentina have been in imperious form on home soil throughout the qualifying campaign, dropping just two points at home while it is worth noting that Alejandro Sabella’s side have scored 18 goals in six home matches thus far with just three against.

Jose Pekerman’s side boast an impressive defensive record with only seven goals conceded in 10 qualifiers thus far but Colombia’s resolve will face its stiffest test yet when they visit Buenos Aires.

Sergio Aguero’s late strike edged Argentina to a nervy 2-1 victory when these sides met in Barranquilla back in November 2011 but, with home advantage on this occasion, La Albiceleste will be hopeful of enjoying a more comfortable victory here.

Argentina have scored 13 goals in their last four home qualifiers with just one goal conceded and there is little doubt that the hosts will be sufficiently motivated to attain the victory that will take them one step closer to next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Argentina have led at half-time in four of their six home qualifiers thus far during this campaign and the 11/10 (2.10) quote from Paddy Power for Alejandro Sabella’s side to lead at the interval is the recommended play here.

For those looking for bigger prices, the 100/30 (4.33) quote from the same firm for Argentina to win both halves may well prove popular with punters.

Argentina to lead at half time at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
Argentina to win both halves at 100/30 (4.33) with Paddy Power

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