Though it’s nonetheless early days, the stakes are already excessive for a raft of South American sides as they gear up for the third spherical of qualifying video games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
FIFA.com previews all of the motion.
Matchday 3 schedule (all occasions native)
The large match
Chile–Peru: Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos (Santiago, Chile)
Whereas we could also be within the preliminary levels of this marathon competitors, the newest version of El Clásico del Pacífico already seems to be essential for 2 picks with fewer factors than anticipated.
With the return of Claudio Bravo (after 1099 days) and Jean Beausejour, Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda has skilled gamers to name on within the absence of Gary Medel and Charles Aranguiz. As well as, he can lastly depend on midfielder Erick Pulgar, who missed the opening two fixtures on account of COVID.
Ricardo Gareca, for his half, must make do with no trio of key gamers in Carlos Zambrano, Paolo Guerrero and Jefferson Farfan. Raul Ruidiaz, who has 12 objectives in 18 video games in MLS, appears the plain selection to guide the road.
The stat: Chile have by no means misplaced a house World Cup qualifier to Peru, drawing two and successful eight of their ten conferences, together with the final 4.
Bolivia, with nothing to point out from their opening two video games, desperately want a end result at dwelling towards Ecuador. In dialog with FIFA.com, La Tri coach Gustavo Alfaro sought to dampen expectation after his aspect put 4 objectives previous Uruguay final day out. That stated, historical past favours the guests, who’ve gained three and drawn two of their final 5 qualifying clashes with Bolivia in La Paz.
Enjoying as soon as once more at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina can be attempting to take care of their excellent begin towards Eduardo Berizzo’s undefeated Paraguay. With Lionel Messi declared match, the hosts can be on the lookout for revenge towards an Albirroja aspect that gained their first World Cup qualifier in Argentina on their final go to. Antony Silva will as soon as once more begin in aim for Paraguay.
Uruguay and Colombia face off within the spherical’s different standout fixture. The unbeaten Cafeteros can be with out Davinson Sanchez however welcome again goalkeeper David Ospina. La Celeste, in the meantime, can be buoyed by the return of Edinson Cavani following their loss in Quito and the latest damage to Federico Valverde. Beginning for the guests needs to be Diego Godin and Luis Suarez who, together with coach Oscar Tabarez, are the one survivors from Uruguay’s sole qualifying win in Colombia (1-0 in 2008).
Lastly, an in-form Brazil welcome a Venezuela aspect in dire want of their first factors. And whereas Tite is anticipated to maintain Neymar for subsequent Tuesday’s journey to Uruguay, A Seleção nonetheless carry a formidable risk. Nor can the guests take a lot encouragement from their head-to-head: of their 16 World Cup qualifying video games, Brazil have gained 15. The one draw, nevertheless, did happen on Brazilian soil.
“We have to be at our absolute best,” Vinotinto defender Rolf Feltscher advised FIFA.com.
Participant to look at
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
Uruguay not solely welcome again the highest scorer from the final South American qualifiers (10), but in addition the nation’s all-time second-highest scorer within the preliminaries (15). Nevertheless, simply certainly one of Cavani’s 15 objectives got here towards Colombia.
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Counting the present version, Carlos Queiroz (6) and Oscar Tabarez (5) have been concerned in 11 World Cup qualifying campaigns. Nevertheless, whereas the Portuguese achieved his with 4 completely different groups, the entire Uruguayan’s have been with La Celeste.