Our match prediction:
Chile will host the 3rd round in the CONMEBOL World Cup 2018 qualification against Colombia in Estadio Nacional on Thursday night. Chile is currently placed 3rd on the table with 2 victories out of the first 2 games, Colombia on the other hand is placed 6th winning their first game against Peru but lost their second game against Uruguay. Copa America winner Chile is currently in a 10 games unbeaten streak which will give the team a lot of confidence, Chile is placed 5th on the FIFA ranking which is their highest ranking ever. Colombia is a strong collective with world class players such as Rodriguez, Cuadrado and Falcao and will give Chile a rough night. We predict Chile to beat Colombia with minimal difference, the home advantage combined with their current form brings Chile in the best position to keep the 3 points in Santiago.
Highligted Player (James Rodriguez):
James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder who plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid. The Colombian superstar played for the likes of Envigado and Banfield at the start of his career and he moved to Europe in 2010, joining Portuguese side Porto for a fee of €5.1 million. James scored 25 goals in 63 league appearances with the Dragons and in 2013 he joined Monaco. His transfer to the Ligue 1 side was the second most expensive in the history of Portuguese Primeira Liga (€45 million) and he signed a five-year contract with les Rouges et Blancs. The Colombian ace impressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and, as a result, Real Madrid chiefs signed him on 22 July, 2014 for an undisclosed fee. However, reports in Spain suggested that the fee was approximately €80 million. Rodriguez scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances for Real Madrid in the 2014/2015 Primera Division campaign and he was in Gareth Bale’s shadow in the 2015/2016 season. James is well known for his technical skills, his vision and the ability to create goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates.