Our football match prediction:
Following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Paraguay and Brazil, Argentina outplayed Colombia in their last qualifier. La Albiceleste climbed to fifth place in the table, but a win over Chile could see them overtake Ecuador in third position in their qualifying group. Leo Messi has been in a thrilling form in 2017 and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the “Argentine Magician”. Angel Di Maria found the net in the 3-0 win over Colombia and the PSG winger is capable of making life difficult for the opposition defenders as well. Chile, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 3-1 home win over Uruguay, but seeing that La Roja struggle on the travels, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Friday’s football match at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.
Highligted Player (di Maria):
Angel Di Maria is a professional footballer who played for Argentine side Rosario Central at the start of his senior career. The left-footed winger is very quick on the ball and he often makes life difficult for opposition defenders. After playing for Benfica between 2007 and 2010, the Argentine superstar signed for Real Madrid on 28 June, 2010 for a fee of €25 million + €11 million in bonuses. Despite impressing with los Blancos in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, the club chiefs decided to sell him to Manchester United on 26 August, 2014. Di Maria was playing below expectations at Old Trafford and he scored three goals in 27 league games for the Red Devils. In 2015 he moved to Paris Saint-Germain and he scored 10 goals in 29 league appearances for les Parisiens in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign. In 2014 he won the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and that is considered the biggest success of his career. Angel Di Maria was born in Rosario on 14 February, 1988.
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.