There is a rare round of January World Cup qualifiers in South America this weekend. Argentina can sit comfortably knowing that their place in Qatar is already assured, but Chile will need a big result if they are to reach the World Cup finals at the end of the year.
World Cup Qualifier Preview
The end of South American World Cup qualification is in sight, but some of the biggest nations still have huge jobs to do if they are to reach Qatar this winter. One of the nations that have a mountain to climb is Chile, who are currently sitting outside of the top five places in the standings. They are currently in sixth place, having won four from the 14 games that they have played.
They look to be the form side of the nations that are looking to make a late charge for a qualifying spot, as they have won three of their last four games. Chile’s latest win came against El Salvador in mid-December, as they edged to a 1-0 win, courtesy of a 95th minute winner from Sebastian Vegas. They are just a point behind Peru coming into this game, while a win could take them into the automatic qualification spots.
Argentina’s place in Qatar is already secure, as they qualified for the World Cup in the last round of fixtures in South America. However, it is most likely that they will need to settle for a second-place finish in the standings, as they are six behind Brazil.
Like Chile, they have won three of their last four international fixtures. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Brazil in their latest fixture in mid-November, which all-but ended their hopes of finishing top of the standings.
Chile vs Argentina Head to Head
Chile have beaten Argentina just eight times in 94 meetings. Their most recent win came in the 2015 Copa America, as they claimed victory following a penalty shootout. The last three meetings have ended in draws, including both meetings in 2021, which ended in 1-1 draws.
Chile vs Argentina Prediction
Argentina can take their foot off the gas coming into this fixture, which could be a pivotal fact. Chile desperately need every win that they can get, as they look to move into the top five places. We can see them getting the win against Argentina on Thursday night, with a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
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