Chile hosts Argentina in round 15 of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Friday, January 28th at Estadio Zorros del Desierto (Calama)
Martin Lasarte’s team is in 6th place in the standings with 16 points. Chile has four victories, four draws, and six defeats after 14 matches. The Chileans retain good mathematical chances of finishing in the top five, but they could be let down by a difficult calendar. La Roja has to play four more rounds: home games against Argentina and Uruguay, an away game with Brazil, and a difficult trip to the highlands to Bolivia. The Chileans failed the last qualifying match in 2021. After three victories in a row, they failed to cope with Ecuador at home (0-2). The hosts found themselves in a difficult situation by the 13th minute, having conceded a goal and remaining in the minority (Arturo Vidal was sent off). Despite the efforts of Lasarte’s men, the Ecuadorians successfully defended their lead and took three points away from Santiago.
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Lionel Scaloni’s team is in 2nd position in the 2022 World Cup qualification standings with 29 points. Argentina gained eight victories and five draws in 13 rounds. Albiceleste accomplished the minimum task in these qualifiers, securing a place at the World Cup ahead of schedule. The Argentines show great results in this cycle. Along with Brazil, they are still undefeated. In addition, the national team of Argentina has an excellent defense — it conceded only six goals in 13 rounds. The White and Sky Blues played their last match on November 17, when they shared points with Brazil at home (0-0). The hosts had a slight advantage but failed to turn it into goals.
For the mature star generation of the Chilean national team, the current qualification is the last chance to play at the World Cup, so they will be very motivated. The men of Lasarte keep a complicated calendar in mind, so it is important for them to earn maximum points in the remaining home games. Unlike the Chileans, the Argentines no longer have tournament motivation. Albiceleste got a ticket to Qatar, which allows Scaloni to experiment with the game and the squad. But this does not mean that the visitors will give three points to the hosts without a fight. Argentina suffered only one defeat in 46 official matches against Chile, and it happened back in October 2008. Pragmatic players of Scaloni can gain at least a draw. Head-to-head matches between Argentina and Chile are characterized by low production. In five of the last six games, the opponents scored no more than two goals.