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Argentina vs Chile

MATCHArgentina vs Chile
TIME05:30 AM (UTC +5:30)
LEAGUEWorld Cup Qualification

 Argentina vs Chile prediction For the first time in seven months, Argentina is back on international duty and will host Chile in the fifth match of the CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Friday.
La Albiceleste are unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions, while the visitors have won just three of their previous 11 matches.
Argentina have made a strong start to their qualifying campaign, winning three and drawing one of their opening four games.
Slender 1-0 and 2-1 wins against Ecuador and Bolivia were followed by 1-1 draws at home to Paraguay and 2-0 away wins in Peru, their last qualifier taking place in November 2020.
The draw with Paraguay was La Albiceleste's only surprise error, but they remain in a strong position to qualify for Qatar 2022, as they sit second and two points behind early pacesetters Brazil, who are the only South American nation. who claim maximum points. so far.
However, goals are hard to come by for Argentina, having scored just six times so far, half as many as Brazil and seven fewer than Ecuador. For the next two World Cup qualifiers, they will also have to play without forward Paolo Dybala, who withdrew from the squad through injury, but head coach Lionel Scaloni still has plenty of attacking talent.
Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez, new Barcelona signing Sergio Aguero as well as his new team-mate and national talisman Lionel Messi will all play a major role in the final third for Argentina, both in World Cup qualifiers and in the Copa America, which kicks off later this month.
La Albiceleste have won each of their last four World Cup qualifiers against Chile and will be sure of continuing their strong start to the campaign with another win on Friday.
In contrast, Chile endured a frustrating start to their campaign, claiming just four points from their opening four games.
Reinaldo Rueda's men have struggled to see the game and have conceded a late goal, which has cost them three games so far.
A 93rd-minute goal from Maxi Gomez helped Uruguay beat Chile in their opening World Cup qualifier, before a 91st-minute winner from Radamel Falcao was enough for Colombia to seal all three points in their next game. Chile's last away encounter in Venezuela also saw them concede an 81st minute goal from Salomon Rondon, with the hosts holding on for their first win of the season.
La Roja are now sixth in the current standings, two points behind Paraguay in fourth and Uruguay in fifth, who occupy the inter-confederation playoff spots.
Chile narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, failing to progress on goal difference, and they will look to improve on their current form to ensure they head to Qatar next year.
The last two times La Roja beat Argentina were on penalties during the Copa America in 2015 and 2016, both tournaments in which they went on to become champions for the first and second in their history.
Chile's last competitive win against La Albiceleste in 90 minutes, however, came in October 2008 when they won 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. A repeat of this result on Friday would get their 2021 campaign back on track and could see them move up to the top four.
Argentina boss Scaloni may decide to adopt a 4-4-2 arrangement for Friday's clash, which could see Paris Saint-Germain duo Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes mentioned in the starting lineup, with the former operating on the right flank and the latter. in midfield.
Rodrigo De Paul may join Paredes in midfield ahead of Giovani Lo Celso, while experienced winger Marcos Acuna is likely to return to the side and play on the left flank.
River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel, who has started all four qualifiers, is expected to retain his place in the starting XI, although Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth has impressed during his loan spell at Europa League champions Villarreal.
Either Lucas Martinez Quarta or Lisandro Martinez will play at centre-back alongside Nicolas Otamendi, while Nicolas Tagliafico will likely play at left-back.
Both Lautaro Martinez and Messi are expected to lead the line up front, while Aguero can exert influence from the bench.
As for Chile, they have taken a major hit in preparation for Friday's clash, as key midfielder Arturo Vidal has tested positive for the coronavirus.
La Roja will also be without 35-year-old winger Fabian Orellana who has suffered a muscle injury.
Former Barcelona and Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo – who became the first player in Chilean history to participate in 50 World Cup qualifiers late last year – will start and make his 127th international appearance.
La Roja's most featured player Alexis Sanchez (136) is expected to start in the number 10 role, with Eduardo Vargas and Cesar Pinares to operate on the flanks.
Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton – born in Stoke-on-Trent – ​​could be making his debut up front. The 22-year-old is eligible to represent Chile because his mother was born in that country.

⛳ Line-up and Prediction Argentina vs Chile:

⭕ Argentina : E. Martinez; Montiel, Martinez Quarta, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Di Maria, Paredes, De Paul, Acuna; L. Martinez, Messi

⭕ Chili: Bravo; Isla, Diaz, Maripan, Beausejour; Thumb, Aranguiz; Pinares, Sanchez, Vargas; Brereton

✅Prediction Result Prediction Prediction Argentina vs Chile: 2-1

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