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Football: Colombia can fly high.

Byline: Ian Coyne

Colombia look backable at 9-5 with Chandler to win tonight's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia, writes Ian Coyne.

The commonly held opinion among many punters is that Bolivia are always the bet to win at home because the high altitude at La Paz gives them a massive advantage over visiting teams who are unfamiliar with such conditions.

However, that wasn't true in Conmebol qualifying for the last World Cup, as Bolivia only won four of their nine home matches, drew four and lost to Ecuador.

And Colombia are less likely to be intimidated by the prosect of playing in the clouds than other South American nations as the country's capital Bogota is 2,600 metres above sea level.

Colombia competed well in a 2-1 defeat against Brazil in their first match, but Bolivia were abject in a 5-0 loss to Uruguay.

New Bolivia coach Nelson Acosta has pledged to get his side to play at a higher tempo, but the signs from the game in Montevideo suggest he has plenty of work ahead to achieve his goal.

Hills's standout 3-1 about Uruguay to beat Paraguay tonight is another tempting price. However, before lumping on it is worth bearing in mind that Paraguay won seven of their home games in qualifying for Japan and South Korea.

Recommendation Colombia 2pts 9-5 (Chandler)
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2003
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