Argentina - Chile Preview: Alejandro Sabella's side kick-off their World Cup qualifying campaign

Lionel Messi & Co. get their World Cup Qualifying campaign underway at the Estadio Monumental against a Chilean side who are missing both Alexis Sanchez and Gary Medel




Zabaleta, Burdisso, Demichellis
Rojo, Banega, Brana
Di Maria, Sosa
Messi, Higuain


Jara, Ponce, Gonzalez
Isla, Carmona, Vidal, Beausejour
Pinilla, Suazo

Argentina are without Javier Mascherano due to his dismissal in the Copa America quarter-final against Uruguay back in July. In his place may step Rodrigo Brana of Estudiantes or Sporting Lisbon's Fabian Rinaudo. Mario Andujar is likely to take the place of Sergio Romero if the Sampdoria stopper does not recover from a knock.

Chile are without two of their key players as Alexis Sanchez and Gary Medel both miss out through injury. Eduardo Vargas has been touted as an ideal replacement for the absent Barcelona forward, however it seems likely that Mauricio Pinilla will be preferred. Claudio Borghi sticks with his favoured 3-4-1-2 formation, giving Matias Fernandez the chance to pull the strings behind the strikers.

  • Argentina have faced chile 82 times, winning 54 whilst losing only six.
  • This will be Alejandro Sabella's first competitive fixture as manager of the team since taking over from Sergio Batista.
  • Excluding the recent Superclasico de las Americas tie against Brazil, Argentina have won both their friendlies since the Copa America.
  • Argentina's last game at the Estadio Monumental was a 4-0 win against Albania in June of this year. Lionel Messi was among the scorers that night.
  • Since crashing out of the Copa America to Venezuela in the summer, Chile have now gone four games without a win.
  • Chile played their first international game against Argentina in 1910. The Albiceleste won 3-1 in Buenos Aires.
  • The last time these two met it was in another World Cup Qualifying match. Chile came out on top thanks to Fabio Orellana's solitary goal.
  • Chile finished above Argentina in second place in the last edition of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers. Five points separated the neighbouring countries.