Match: Chile vs. Argentina Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Start time: 23:30 GMT
While Europe’s national teams will play friendlies, then in South America it is time for World Cup qualifiers. It started the fifth round of the qualifying cycle, and the most interesting match was between Chile and Argentina. The meeting is Thursday, March 24, from 23:30 GMT at Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos (Santiago de Chile). Both teams have ambitions to direct qualify for the finals in Russia, but at the time did not take a position in the Top 4.
Chile is in fifth place, which guarantees a playoff tournament after two wins, one draw and one loss in the first four rounds. After a magnificent victory against Brazil (2: 0) start of qualifications and success as a guest in scoring performance with Peru (4-3), the team made a draw with Colombia (1:1) and left empty-handed from Montevideo after 0:3 during his visit to Uruguay. This led to a reshuffle of coaching as Jorge Sampaoli left, and his place was appointed Juan Antonio Pizzi . Chileans are very strong at home, having had only one loss in their last twenty-eight matches (23 wins and 4 draws) and view the current form of Argentina, the chances of Vidal and his teammates to record their first triumph against “La Albiceleste” more than five years older.
Central striker of Rosario Marcelo Larondo is sidelined through injury and Jorge Valdivia and Charles Arangiz while Eduardo Vargas is suspended.
In the last round, Argentina ended a run of four games without a win by beating Colombia 1:0 thanks to the goal of Lucas Biglia. Although Argentina has perhaps one of the best offensive lines in the world right now, the team is rather ineffective in these qualifications, with only two goals in four games. The lack of goals could be related to the weak form of Messi in the national shirt. Barcelona star does wonders for his team this season while Gonzalo Higuain was again one of the top goalscorers in Europe at the moment, but the Argentines failed to impress in attack so far. Gerardo Martino’s team has 4 wins in the last six visits to Chile, so they will rely on the tradition of the confrontation.
Enzo Pérez will be sidelined because of muscle injury while Paulo Dybala and Nicolás Otamendi are questionable for the match. Mateo Musacchio could replace Otamendi, given his good form with the team of Villarreal.
In only one of the last 7 meetings between Chile and Argentina, both teams managed to score goals, but the confrontation and we both will think only of one thing – victory. Protective actions will remain in the background, and the show will be led by the stars up front – Messi and Aguero on the one hand and Sanchez and Vidal on the other.