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  • May 21, 2022

Chile vs Argentina Predictions and Betting Tips

Sworn South American rivals Chile and Argentina go head-to-head with both sides eyeing maximum points in what is expected to be a riveting encounter in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers. Read on for our expert tips and predictions.

We've seen both sides play out stalemates in their last two meetings, most recently in the Copa America with the Chileans being the only side the champions failed to beat en route to cup glory. How would this encounter pan out ?

La Albiceleste keen on preserving unbeaten record

Chile's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was shocking news and although it looked like a similar story would ensue when the qualification for Qatar 2022 began- with one win in their first ten games-, they're certainly back in the mix having won three of their last four World Cup qualifiers games. Nonetheless, they're still out of the top five but are not far off with just a solitary point separating them from Colombia and Peru who are in 4th and 5th position respectively. Chile fell to Ecuador in their most recent game and with their remaining four games being against tough opposition, they simply can't afford any more slip-ups.

Argentina's goalless draw against Brazil last time out was enough to secure them a spot in Qatar 2022 with the solitary point opening up a 12-point gap on 4th-placed Peru who have played a game more thereby assuring a top-four finish. Argentina's defensive display has been sublime in recent months, keeping clean sheets in all of their last six games. It is also to be noted that they're unbeaten in their last 27 games and as such, we expect Lionel Scaloni and Co. to look towards taking this momentum into the World Cup finals. How would they fare against a Chile side in desperate need of maximum points ?

Chile vs Argentina Team News

Chile possible starting XI:

Bravo; Isla, Medel, Maripan, Mena; Baeza, Aranguiz, Pulgar; Vargas, Brereton Diaz, Sanchez

Argentina possible starting XI:

E. Martinez; Molina, Pezzella, Otamendi, Acuna; Lo Celso, Parades, De Paul; Alvarez, L. Martinez, Di Maria

Chile vs Argentina Prediction: 0-1

The onus is on the hosts to take this game by the scruff of the neck, however, they would surely be met by the stellar Argentina rearguard. This does make for a tightly contested affair and although the visitors would be without their captain in the person of Leo Messi, we believe they pose enough quality to run away with all three points.