Predictions and Best Bets for World Cup Qualifiers on Sunday, October 10, 2021

| October 8, 2021 3:38 pm PDT

Although we’re more than a year away from the FIFA World Cup, the qualification battle has started to heat up. National teams from all over the planet are doing their best to book a ticket to Qatar, but only a limited number of places are available in the final tournament.

That’s great news for sports bettors, who have a chance to grab some decent odds. Of course, awesome betting odds are worth nothing if the picks don’t win.

To help you pick the winning bets, I’m now going to preview some of the most interesting World Cup qualifiers on the program on Sunday, October 10.

Brazil to Beat Colombia

Brazil’s coach Tite is taking his biggest stars on the trip to Colombia – Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Fabinho, and others.

Actually, the only notable absentees are Casemiro and Firmino. Real Madrid’s midfielder is out due to a dental problem, while Liverpool’s forward is still not 100% fit after recovering from a hamstring injury.

It’s needless to say that Tite has plenty of players to cover up for the two.

This shows that Brazil is taking this game very seriously. No surprise there, as soccer is this nation’s favorite pastime by far.

Brazil is the most successful national team in the history of the World Cup, with five trophies in the collection. Brazil is also the only team that’s never missed the final tournament.

It’s almost certain that we’re going to see them in Qatar, as Brazil needs only a couple more wins to secure a place in the World Cup Finals.

This might make you think that Brazilians aren’t going to be too fired up in Colombia, but I need to remind you that these two teams are fierce rivals.

Sure, Colombia is no Argentina, which is Brazil’s #1 nemesis. However, all South American teams treat each other as enemies on the pitch.

Further, Brazil has another incentive to win on Sunday – they’ve been without a win in Colombia since 2003.

Canada to Beat Jamaica

From South America, let’s move to the Caribbean, where Jamaica welcomes Canada.

Even though Canada was one of the biggest underdogs to qualify for the World Cup, this team seems to be doing alright.

The same cannot be said for Jamaica, which is one of the worst teams of the North & Central America Qualification Group.

With a win on Sunday, Canada would make one giant leap toward booking the World Cup ticket, meaning they won’t lack any motivation.

If you’re wondering if the Canadian players have the quality to record another win, I say yes.

Some of Canada’s stars play for top European clubs, unlike Jamaica, whose key players play in the MLS. For example:

  • Alphonso Davies plays for Bayern Munich, the reigning champion of Bundesliga
  • Atiba Hutchinson and Cyle Larin play for Besiktas, the champion of Turkey
  • Jonathan David plays for Lille, the current champion of the French Ligue 1

These players have the quality to take Canada to a win against much tougher teams than Jamaica.

Argentina to Beat Uruguay

Let’s get back to South America, to Argentina, to be precise.

Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires is where Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick the last time he played. Can he do something similar again?

He might, judging by how impressive he’s been for Argentina in the last couple of months. As a reminder, Argentina won Copa America this summer for the first time since 1993.

Another milestone is that this was the first major trophy won by Lionel Messi with his national team.

The new PSG player will be in the spotlight once again. Argentina’s captain is the man who’ll have the key role in the game against Uruguay on Sunday, together with his PSG colleagues Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes.

With those guys on the roster, Argentina looks strong enough to beat any team in the world. The problem, however, is that Argentina’s best players are either forwards or midfielders. Their defense isn’t that good.

This could be a potential problem against Uruguay, who’ll have Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in the final third. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw them scoring at least once.

Still, I’m also confident that Argentina will outscore Uruguay, no matter what. With Messi in the team, they should fear no one, especially not Uruguay.

This is the team that Messi scored against four times in six qualifiers. I expect him to add a few more goals to the tally.

Best Bets for World Cup Qualifiers on Sunday

Brazil to Beat Colombia2.00
Argentina to Beat Uruguay1.75
Canada to Beat Jamaica2.10

After reading my game previews, you’re probably wondering why the odds are so attractive. Well, who cares! The odds are amazing, and the bets look very certain to win.

If you don’t feel too comfortable with betting on the match-outcome, an alternative is to bet on goals. I think we’ll see plenty of them in each of these games. Over 2.5 should hit easily.

Zarko Naric

Zarko Naric – the World's Greatest Sportswriter, according to his grandma.

Zarko started writing for in 2019, covering sports like soccer, tennis, and basketball,  as well as some more niche sports like cycling, for example.

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