At the end of Tuesday's World Cup qualifying matches in CONMEBOL, all but one team -- Colombia -- will be halfway through their qualification campaign. The Cafeteros will be happy to take a day off and watch their rivals go at it following their impressive victory on Friday, and they'll sit in third place at worst following Tuesday's matches, with a game in hand. Three of the matches feature a team trying to jump-start their qualification campaign, while one is largely irrelevant.
That largely irrelevant match features Paraguay and Peru, who are more or less already out of the qualifying race. Venezuela and Ecuador have improved significantly since the last qualifying cycle, and it seems inconceivable that either Peru or Paraguay can get out of the hole they've already dug for themselves, though Peru can get themselves into fringe contention for fifth place with a win in Asuncion.
Uruguay hasn't won in their last three matches, and the ages of their star players seems to be catching up to them. Diego Lugano and Diego Forlan aren't what they once were, while Edinson Cavani and Luiz Suarez don't look up to carrying the team on a consistent basis against top sides. They'll have more talent than their opponents, Bolivia, on Tuesday, but winning in La Paz is never an easy proposition.
Venezuela are currently on the outside looking in at the qualifying places, but will likely break into the top five if they can pull off a home win against Ecuador. The Ecuadorians will come in confident after defeating Chile, but they have been much less formidable on the road than they have been at home.
The night closes with a massive match between Chile and Argentina in Santiago. If Chile fail to get a result at home against the Albiceleste, it might be the last straw for manager Claudio Borghi, who has looked a bit out of his depth at his level at times when making in-game tactical decisions. There's no shame in getting beat by Argentina and the ridiculously in-form (even for his country!) Lionel Messi, but if Chile are looking up at five teams mid-way through qualifying, they might need to make a drastic change to rescue their campaign.
Schedule (all times ET)
Bolivia vs. Uruguay - 4 p.m.
Paraguay vs. Peru - 6 p.m.
Venezuela vs. Ecuador - 6 p.m.
Chile vs. Argentina - 8 p.m.