Although it’s nonetheless early days, the stakes are already excessive for a raft of South America sides as they gear up for the third spherical of qualifying video games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
FIFA.com previews all of the motion.
Matchday 3 schedule (all instances native)
The massive match
Chile–Peru: Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos (Santiago, Chile)
Though nonetheless early days in this marathon competitors, the newest version of El Clásico del Pacífico already appears essential for 2 picks with fewer factors than anticipated.
With the return of Claudio Bravo (after 1099 days) and Jean Beausejour, Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda has skilled gamers to name on in the absence of Gary Medel and Charles Aranguiz. In addition, he can lastly depend on midfielder Erick Pulgar, who missed the opening two fixtures on account of COVID.
Ricardo Gareca, for his half, should make do and not using a trio of key gamers in Carlos Zambrano, Paolo Guerrero and Jefferson Farfan. Raul Ruidiaz, who has 12 targets in 18 video games in the MSL, appears the apparent alternative to guide the road.
The stat: Chile have by no means misplaced a house World Cup qualifier to Peru, drawing two and profitable eight of their 10 conferences, together with the final 4.
Bolivia, with nothing to indicate from their opening two video games, desperately want a consequence at residence in opposition to Ecuador. In dialog with FIFA.com, La Tri coach Gustavo Alfaro sought to dampen expectation after his facet put 4 targets previous Uruguay final day out. That mentioned, historical past favours the guests, who’ve received three and drawn two of their final 5 qualifying clashes with Bolivia in La Paz.
Playing as soon as once more at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina might be making an attempt to take care of their good begin in opposition to Eduardo Berizzo’s undefeated Paraguay. With Lionel Messi declared match, the hosts might be on the lookout for revenge in opposition to an Albirrojafacet that received their first World Cup qualifier in Argentina on their final go to. Antony Silva will as soon as once more begin in purpose for Paraguay.
Uruguay and Colombia face off in the spherical’s different standout fixture. The unbeaten Cafeteros might be with out Davinson Sanchez however welcome again goalkeeper David Ospina. La Celeste, in the meantime, might be buoyed by the return of Edinson Cavani following their loss in Quito and the latest harm to Federico Valverde. Starting for the guests must be Diego Godin and Luis Suarez who, together with coach Oscar Tabarez, are the one survivors from Uruguay’s sole qualifying win in Colombia (1-0 in 2008).
Finally, an in-kind Brazil welcome a Venezuela facet in dire want of their first factors. And whereas Tite is anticipated to maintain Neymar for subsequent Tuesday’s journey to Uruguay, A Seleção nonetheless carry a formidable risk. Nor can the guests take a lot encouragement from their head-to-head: of their 16 World Cup qualifying video games, Brazil have received 15. The solely draw, nevertheless, did happen on Brazilian soil.
“We need to be at our very best,” Vinotinto defender Rolf Feltscher advised FIFA.com.
Player to look at
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
Uruguay not solely welcome again the highest scorer from the final South American qualifiers (10), but in addition the nation’s all-time second-highest scorer in the preliminaries (15). However, simply certainly one of Cavani’s 15 targets got here in opposition to Colombia.
Did you recognize?
Counting the present version, Carlos Queiroz (6) and Oscar Tabarez (5) have been concerned in 11 World Cup qualifying campaigns. However, whereas the Portuguese achieved his with 4 totally different groups, the entire Uruguayan’s have been with La Celeste.