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  • 12 July 2011
  • • 23:15
  • • Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Provincia de Mendoza
  • Referee: Salvio Spinola Fagundes Filho
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Chile - Peru Preview: Changes expected as both sides look to seal place in quarter-finals

Chile - Peru Preview: Changes expected as both sides look to seal place in quarter-finals

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The leaders in Group C prepare to lock horns with a place in the last eight at stake, but both sides are set to make wholesale changes to their line-ups for the match


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Chile: Bravo; Medel, Ponce, Jara; Beausejour, Estrada, Carmona, Fierro; Jimenez, Paredes, Suazo.


Coach Claudio Borghi has opted to make four changes, which see a number of established stars make way for some of the less-utilised members of the squad. Alexis Sanchez, Pablo Contreras, Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla have all been spared in favour of Gonzalo Fierro, Marco Estrada, Carlos Carmona and Esteban Paredes, with Borghi being cautious of the yellow cards Chile may accumulate during the tournament, and their condition for the later stages.

Peru: Libman; Yotun, Rodriguez, Vilchez, Revoredo; Guevara, Balbin, Ballon, Carmona; Advincula; Ruidiaz.



Peru have been the surprise package during the group stages so far, and are showing genuine ambition that they can go further by also dropping four of their most experienced campaigners to ensure that they will be fresh and not have any potential suspensions hanging over their heads. As a result, Santiago Acasiete, Rinaldo Cruzado, Juan Manuel Vargas and Paolo Guerrero have been replaced by Yoshimar Yotun, Renzo Revoredo, Josepmir Ballon and Michael Guevara.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Chile sit in first place in Group C following a win and draw against Mexico and Uruguay respectively.
  • A win will clinch top spot in the group, whilst a draw will also ensure first place as they have scored more goals than Peru.
  • A defeat would put their qualification hopes in the balance, as they would then have to await Uruguay's result against Mexico.
  • Avoiding defeat would mean that Chile's quarter-final opponents will be the second-placed Group B side; currently either Paraguay or Brazil.
  • A loss to Peru and progression from second place would mean that Chile's quarter-final opponents will be Argentina, the second-placed Group A team.
  • Peru are currently second in Group C, after a win and draw against Mexico and Uruguay respectively.
  • They have lost their last four meetings with Chile, with a win for the Peruvians last coming in 2004.
  • By qualifying for the last eight, it will be their sixth consecutive appearance, which originally dates back to 1997.
  • Peru and Chile form an infamous rivalry both on and off the pitch. The derby between the sides is nicknamed the Clasico del Pacifico (the Derby of the Pacific), in homage to the War of the Pacific which occurred between 1879 and 1883.

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Players to watch

E. Washing

Position: Midfielder

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The Colo Colo hitman has already registered a goal in this year's championship, in the form of an important equaliser in their 2-1 victory against Mexico, and he is beginning to cement his place as Chile's main centre forward ahead of the likes of Humberto Suazo, who has been forced out wide. Although a relative late-comer to the international scene, making his debut at 26, he boasts a prolific scoring record for club and country, and his capable finishing ability will be under scrutiny against Peru.

L. Advíncula

Position: Defender

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With coach Sergio Markarian deciding to go with a more youth-orientated lineup against Chile, the 21-year-old attacker will be his side's most potent forward player. The Sporting Cristal starlet can operate on the wing and through the middle as a second striker, and he is set to play in the hole behind reserve marksman Raul Ruidiaz on Wednesday. Advincula showed glimpses of his promising talent in their opener against Uruguay, and his skill and flair on the ball will be exciting to watch at times, in just his fourth international cap.

Editor's Prediction

With Peru setting their stall in a 4-5-1 formation once again, but also this time without key men Juan Vargas or Paolo Guerreiro providing their spark in attack, Chile should have too much for their opponents. Despite the Chileans being without many of their talismen, forwards Suazo and Paredes are sure to be supplied the ammunition by their creative midfield trio of winger Fierro, playmaker Estrada and attacking midfielder Jimenez.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chile

Peru

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chile CHL
Chile Chile
Draw
Peru PER
Peru Peru
67%
15%
18%

Top 3 Predictions

Chile CHL
2 - 0
Peru PER
Chile CHL
2 - 1
Peru PER
Chile CHL
1 - 0
Peru PER

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