While the Brazil vs Argentina clash has been in the headlines for quite a long time, very few are aware of the fact that we are lined up for yet another humdinger, and that is, Chile vs Uruguay. The Chile vs Uruguay clash doesn’t always hog the limelight, but there is no shortage of excitement when these two teams face-off in any international.
Chile vs Uruguay: History of the Teams
Like all other Latin American nations, football has been the most popular as far sports are concerned in Chile. And subsequently, they became only the second nation in South America to set up a federation. Together with Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, Chile helped the formation of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and in organising the first Copa America in 1916. However, it took them 99 years to win their first Copa America title when they did it in 2015. Chile holds the record for the first corner-kick goal which they scored against Bolivia in the Copa America 1926. Their latest biggest win came against Argentina when they beat the giants of world football in the final of the 2016 Copa America. In the World Cups also Chile has done quite well although they have never managed to win the World Cup. Their best finish in the World Cup has been in the 1962 FIFA World Cup when they hosted the tournament.
Uruguay also does not lag behind when it comes to the contribution made in the history of football. They were also the part of the four-team inaugural Copa America that was held in 1916. In fact, they were the proud winners of that inaugural Copa America. They continued their winning run in the next Copa America, and their first defeat came in the 1919 Copa America in the hands of Brazil. They became the first team from South America to participate in the Olympic Games. They also were the proud winners of the 1930 FIFA World Cup which was also the first World Cup that has been staged. They again won the tournament in 1950. But since then Uruguay has failed to win any of the World Cups. However winning two world cups is not a matter of joke.
Chile vs Uruguay: History of the Clash
The Chile vs Uruguay clash has been one of the popular encounters in the Latin American countries. These two teams met for the first time on 30th may, 1916. Since then they have managed to produce a number of memorable matches. However, Uruguay enjoys a significant head-to-head advantage over Chile. In the 79 Chile vs Uruguay clashes, Uruguay has won 44 of those while Chile has managed to get better of their opponents on just 17 occasions. 18 of those have ended in a draw. Quite clearly, Uruguay holds an upper hand as far as the results of the Chile vs Uruguay matches are concerned.
However, in the last Copa America encounter, Chile managed to win over Uruguay. And it was a crucial win as well. It was a 1-0 win in the quarterfinal of the tournament which they eventually won. However, in their last FIFA World Cup qualification encounter, Uruguay triumphed over their South American counterpart by a scoreline of 3-0.
Chile vs Uruguay: Match Preview
This upcoming Uruguay vs Chile meeting is definitely going to be an exciting one for it will see many world class players coming against each other in this match. Also after what happened in the last FIFA World Cup qualifier match where Uruguay won 3-0, this match is definitely going to be an intriguing one. The match will take place at Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago which is the home ground of Chile. Chile will have the home support behind them and in fact, they need that. They are in a spot of bother in the group as they are currently placed at the fifth place. Uruguay, on the other hand, sitting at the second spot in the table, will look forward to keep up with Brazil in the race to top the group. The first four teams will directly be going through to participate in the FIFA World Cup 2018 that is going to be held in Russia. the team in the fifth spot will have to take part in the playoffs. Chile will obviously look to avoid such a circumstance because they have a much better team on paper than to finish as low as fifth in the table.
Chile vs Uruguay: Team News
As far as the Chile vs Uruguay match in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers CONMEBOL Group Stage is concerned, nothing much has been reported regarding the playing eleven of either team in the match. However, Chile looks set to miss Alexis Sanchez in the match as he is down with a suspected hamstring injury. This injury was previously thought to be in the calf muscles. However, later developments have revealed that the injury is in his hamstring. In fact, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s manager, also expressed his concern regarding the injury of Alexis Sanchez as he thinks that it would be suicidal to play Sanchez with even a hint of injury in the hamstring.
The playing or not playing of Sanchez is bound to have an influence on the result of the match. Alexis Sanchez, the former Barcelona man has played a crucial role in the recent success of the Chile national football. His presence in the field could have given the Uruguayan defenders a torrid time but as far the present situation is concerned Chile might have to play the match without the service of Sanchez. However, Arturo Vidal will have to play up to his potential and he could be the danger man for Uruguay. His control over the ball and precision in the midfield zone could turn out to be a deciding factor in the match.
As the latest developments have gone by, Juan Antonio Pizzi has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will be available to play in this upcoming Chile vs Uruguay match. He also mentioned that what has been suspected to be a hamstring injury is just a low-grade muscle injury. He said to the media, “Sanchez was not ready for the game in Colombia, but we knew the injury was a small one and we could have him for this match. The three of them [Sanchez, Vidal and Bravo] are available to me for tomorrow.”
The Chilean defence will have their task cut out as well since it will be really difficult to keep a player like Luis Suarez out from scoring if he gets an opportunity. Suarez has been in fine form for his side Barcelona as he has already scored quite a number of crucial goals for them. It remains to be seen whether Suarez is able to maintain his current form for his nation or not. because a lot will depend on him as far as the final result of the Chile vs Uruguay encounter is concerned.
Nothing has been made clear regarding the team that Uruguay would field in the upcoming match. Luis Suarez will definitely start the match while players like Diego Godin, Edinson Cavani and Fernando Muslera also look to be the sure starters against Chile.
Further news regarding the playing eleven of either team will be updated once we get closer to the match day.
Chile vs Uruguay: Match Prediction
In the upcoming Chile vs Uruguay tie, players from different domestic leagues will be taking part and we expect them to dazzle on the field. And we predict a 2-1 win for the home team as they are in a more desperate situation and will be bolstered by the comeback of Alexis Sanchez. Also, they will have the crowd cheering for them throughout the 90 minutes. So that’s a big factor when it comes to big matches.
Chile vs Uruguay: Match Details
Date: Wednesday, 15 November
Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile
Time: 05.00 AM IST; 7:30 PM ET
Chile vs Uruguay: TV Guide and Live Streaming
TV Listings: The Chile vs Uruguay encounter will be telecasted live on Premier Sports (U.K.), beIN Sports (USA)
Online Streaming: The live streaming of the match will be available in the USA on FuboTV & beIn Sports Connect and in the UK on Premier Live.
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