- All ten groups will probably be in motion in South American qualifying on Tuesday
- Uruguay-Brazil and Peru-Argentina take centre stage
- Ecuador and Colombia conflict following contrasting outcomes
Uruguay-Brazil is the primary attraction on Matchday 4 of South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which will even see three international locations aiming for his or her first wins of this marketing campaign. FIFA.com previews all of Tuesday’s motion.
Matchday 4 schedule (all occasions native)
The large match
Uruguay–Brazil, Estadio Centenario (Montevideo)
Uruguay’s emphatic win final Friday in Colombia was the proper tonic forward of their conflict with pacesetters Brazil. That mentioned, A Seleção are one thing of a bogey aspect for Celeste coach Oscar Tabarez, who has but to style victory towards them in eight official conferences (two attracts and 6 losses).
Luis Suarez, who leads the scoring chart in South America, has been dominated out as a consequence of COVID-19, a lot onus will fall on Edinson Cavani for objectives. Neymar’s absence will probably be no much less of a priority for Tite, particularly after his aspect’s lacklustre conquer Venezuela. Still, with Roberto Firmino, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus, he has ample strike choices for a match that appears set to be fiercely fought and low on scoring probabilities.
The stat: On their final two visits to Montevideo, Brazil prevailed 4-1 and 4-0 and have now gone six video games unbeaten towards Uruguay in World Cup qualifying. La Celeste’s sole qualifying win got here in 2001 with a 1-0 triumph on the Centenario.
In assured temper after again-to-again victories, Ecuador welcome a Colombia aspect and not using a win in two, together with their worst dwelling defeat in World Cup qualifying. Both sides have key gamers suspended, with the hosts lacking Carlos Gruezo as a consequence of an accumulation of yellow playing cards, and the guests with out Yerry Mina following his purple card towards Uruguay. Los Cafeteros, who will even be with out the injured Radamel Falcao, have received their final three qualifiers towards La Tri, most just lately in Quito in 2017.
In Caracas, a struggling Venezuela with little margin for error host a Chile aspect buoyed by their first win of the marketing campaign on Friday. La Vinotinto gave an improved efficiency final day out in Brazil however are nonetheless in the hunt for their first factors. La Roja welcome Alexis Sanchez again to the beginning XI as they give the impression of being to proceed their unbeaten run in Venezuela. In all, Chile have managed six wins and one draw (June 1996) whereas taking part in there on this competitors.
The temper within the Paraguay camp will probably be in marked distinction to that of opponents Bolivia, the opposite CONMEBOL aspect nonetheless and not using a level. After an unbeaten begin, Eduardo Berizzo is anticipated to make a number of modifications, certainly one of which is enforced as a consequence of Miguel Almiron’s suspension, as he seeks to maintain La Albirroja within the prime half of the desk. If Cesar Farias’ fees are to prevail, then they’ll want an unprecedented away win, having misplaced all 9 of their qualifying fixtures in Asuncion.
In Lima, Peru go in the hunt for their first win of the marketing campaign towards Argentina, the third undefeated aspect. Gianluca Lapadula, who made his debut towards Chile, seems a attainable starter for the hosts, who haven’t crushed La Albiceleste at dwelling for 35 years. Since that 1-0 triumph in 1985, the guests have managed three wins and 4 attracts, together with stalemates within the final three video games. Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso seems set to be handed his first begin of the marketing campaign.
Player to observe
Yeferson Soteldo (Venezuela)
The 23-12 months-previous attacking midfielder will want all his ability and audacity to assist his aspect flip issues round in these qualifiers. “We’re at home and so we have to go for the win come what may, while staying very disciplined at the back,” he mentioned forward of the Chile conflict.
Peru is without doubt one of the two South American international locations that Lionel Messi is but to attain towards in World Cup qualifying (the opposite is Brazil). The Argentinian has confronted La Blanquirroja 5 occasions on this competitors, having fun with two wins and three attracts (two of which got here in Lima). His solitary strike towards Peru got here on the 2007 Copa America.