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WC Qualification South America

  • October 8, 2011
  • • 00:10
  • • Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Capital Federal, Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • Referee: W. Roldán
  • • Attendance: 25000
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World Cup Qualifying Preview: Argentina v Chile

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Argentina v Chile

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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS


ARGENTINA


Andujar

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

CHILE

Bravo
Jara, Ponce, Gonzalez
Isla, Carmona, Vidal, Beausejour
Fernandez
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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Players to Watch
Gonzalo Higuaín
Gonzalo Higuaín
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
11 9 2 1
The hitman has 5 goals in 6 games for Real Madrid so far this season, including a hat-trick against Espanyol last weekend. This form should see him put in another top-class performance against a Chilean side likely to line up with 3 defenders. If they focus on containing Lionel Messi, Higuain may find a number of opportunities come his way.
Mati Fernández
Mati Fernández
Position:
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Sporting Lisbon's midfield playmaker will be needed to conduct the attack for the away side. His vision, anticipation, and terrific passing ability will be integral if Chile are to stand a chance of causing an upset.
Prediction
Chile may struggle with the absence of Gary Medel and explosive forward Alexis Sanchez. Home advantage will definitely help Argentina in their bid to achieve a win in the opening World Cup 2014 Qualifier.
Editor's Prediction
Chile 1

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