Our prediction for this World Cup 2026 match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades when Argentina and Chile face each other in the World Cup qualifier. La Albiceleste have been impressive at the back to date, with the team conceding only two goals in the process, and we are positive that they will rely on their solid defence in Friday’s clash. As always, Leo Messi will be the man to watch, while fit-again Man City attacker is pushing for a start. PSG ace Angel Di Maria made the cut as well.
La Roja, on the other hand, will be without River Plate man Paulo Diaz, who has been left out of the squad, while Gabriel Arias, Eugenio Mena, and Pablo Galdames return to the squad. Inter midfielder Arturo Vidal has overcome his injury, whereas his teammate Alexis Sanchez is going to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders. Anyhow, a low-scoring affair is on the cards, and we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. When the two teams met in a friendly two years ago they played out a goalless draw.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
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.