Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
All eyes will be on Estadio El Campin when Colombia and Chile square off against each other in the 2022 World Cup qualifier. Los Cafeteros aim to retain their spot in top five, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Friday’s qualifier. In Luis Muriel absence, Borre and Borja should be deployed up front in the 4-4-2 formation. A man to watch in the home team will be Juventus ace Juan Cuadrado, who scored from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw with Paraguay.
James Rodriguez is yet another absentee in the home team. La Roja, on the other hand, are without experienced attacker Alexis Sanchez in the September qualifiers. Anyhow, both teams to score betting option should be considered as the Chileans are eager to put an end to their five-game winless run in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Defender Sebastian Vegas misses the match through suspension for the visiting team.
Highlighted 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.
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.