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2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Chile vs Colombia preview

Kick off: 13 November @00:30 CET

Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos (Santiago de Chile, Chile)

Head to head record

Colombia vs Chile 3-3 (2014 World Cup qualifier)
Chile vs Colombia 1-3 (2014 World Cup qualifier)
Colombia vs Chile 0-2 (2011 International friendly)
Colombia vs Chile 2-4 (2010 World Cup qualifier)
Chile vs Colombia 4-0 (2010 World Cup qualifier)


Last 5 matches

Peru vs Chile 3-4 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Chile vs Brazil 2-0 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Chile vs Paraguay 3-2 (International friendly)
Chile vs Argentina 1-0 (2015 Copa America final)
Chile vs Peru 2-1 (2015 Copa America)

Team News

Midfielders Charles Aranguiz (40/6) and David Pizarro (46/2) were left out of the squad for Colombia and Uruguay qualifiers through injury, with Santos Laguna starlet Bryan Rabello (3/0) earning a rare call-up.

The good news is there have been no withdrawals or injury problems whatsoever for coach Jorge Sampaoli, with star players Alexis Sanchez, Gary Medel and Eduardo Vargas all fit to play.

Nevertheless, important midfielder Marcelo Diaz (41/1) is suspended for the Colombia game, whereas Miiko Albornoz, Eugenio Mena and Jean Beausejour are all vying for one place on the left side of defence.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-1-2): Bravo – Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena – Vidal, Silva, Fernandez – Valdivia – Sanchez, Vargas.


Last 5 matches

Uruguay vs Colombia 3-0 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Colombia vs Peru 2-0 (2018 World Cup qualifier)
Colombia vs Peru 1-1 (International friendly)
Argentina vs Colombia 1-0 (2015 Copa America)
Colombia vs Peru 0-0 (2015 Copa America)

Team News

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman, who is believed to have lost support from the national team chiefs following the departure of chairman Luis Bedoya, was delighted to welcome back key player James Rodriguez to his squad after the Real Madrid star missed the October qualifiers through injury.

The Argentine tactician surprisingly included no fewer than five uncapped footballers on the roster, while there was no place for the suspended Juan Guillermo Cuadrado following his sending off in the 3-0 loss to Uruguay.

Radamel Falcao, Eder Balanta and Edwin Valencia are all out injured, with Camilo Zuniga and Pablo Armero both overlooked. The good news is that David Ospina has fully recovered from injury and he should be fit to start.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-2-2): Ospina – Arias, Zapata, Murillo, Fabra – Guarin, Sanchez – Rodriguez, Cardona – Gutierrez, Bacca.

IST Facts

-Over 3.5 goals were scored in each of last four competitive meetings between Chile and Colombia

-Colombia have enjoyed more success in last ten meetings, boasting a 4-3-3 record

-Colombia came from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw last time the two sides met

-Chile won last seven matches, if we count the penalty win over Argentina in 2015 Copa America final

-La Roja won last four games at home in the World Cup Qualifying

-Colombia lost three of last five away matches in the World Cup Qualifying

-Eduardo Vargas has 7 goals in last 8 matches for the national team

-Alexis Sanchez scored in each of last three games for Chile and already has three goals in the current campaign.

Match Specials

Coming soon…

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