Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Estadio Centenario will host Thursday’s World Cup qualifier between Uruguay and Chile. The Uruguayans have established themselves as one of the best South American sides, but keep in mind that important attacker Edinson Cavani has been omitted. Cavani has not seen any game action since March, and, in his absence, a man to keep an eye on in the home side will be Atletico Madrid summer signing Luis Suarez.
La Roja, on the other hand, aim to make a flying start to their World Cup qualifying campaign. Rodrigo Echeverria and Juan Carlos Gaete are the new faces in Reinaldo Rueda’s team, and the duo could make it’s Chile debut in the Estadio Centenario showdown. Despite losing his place in Inter’s starting XI, a man to watch in the away team will be Alexis Sanchez. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Luis Suarez):
Luis Suarez is a controversial footballer who plays for La Liga side Barcelona as a striker. The Uruguayan forward moved to Europe in 2006, signing a deal with Groningen. After scoring 10 goals in 27 league appearances for the club in the 2006/2007 Eredivisie campaign, he joined Ajax at the end of the season. The prolific striker scored no less than 81 goals in 110 appearances for Ajax and, as a result, Liverpool chiefs decided to sign him on 31 January 2011.
Suarez became the club’s most expensive signing and he was producing thrilling performances with the Anfield outfit between 2011 and 2014. Liverpool were on the verge of winning the 2013/2014 Premier League trophy, but Steven Gerrard slipped in the decider against Chelsea and they eventually finished the season in second place in the standings.
In 2014 Suarez joined Barcelona and he was the top scorer in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign. He won the 2013/2014 Premier League Golden Boot as well and in 2011 he clinched the Copa America trophy with Uruguay.
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.