Our prediction for this match:
Serbia will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over Nigeria when they take on Chile in Graz in their penultimate warm-up match ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The Serbs did well to qualify for the showpiece tournament in Russia and they have high hopes for the upcoming event. Coach Mladen Krstajic can’t count on the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic (rest), Branislav Ivanovic (injury) and Matija Nastasic (injury) for the Chile friendly, but seeing that la Roja will be without star players Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal in Monday’s football match, we are tempted to put our money on the Eagles. In their last meeting on the international stage Serbia recorded a routine 3-1 win over Chile and there is every chance the history is going to repeat itself. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced defender Gary Medel.
Highlighted Player (Branislav Ivanovic):
Over the years Branislav Ivanovic has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world football. Bane plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a full back as well. The Serbian defender has been playing for Chelsea since 2008 and he used to play for the likes of Srem, OFK Beograd and Lokomotiv Moscow in the past as well.
Ivanovic leaves his heart on the field in every single match and that is the main reason why the fans love him. He is known for his aerial ability as well and it has to be noted that he has scored 22 goals for Chelsea since arriving to Stamford Bridge in 2008.
The Serbian footballer has won two Premier League trophies with the Blues, but the Champions League trophy won in 2012 is considered the biggest success of his career. Branislav is married to Natasa, who gave birth to his four children.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title.
Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004.
Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.