Stadium: Metropolitano Roberto Melendez (Barranquilla).
Colombia and Chile have drawn in their last four head-to-head encounters. Will the opponents find out who is the stronger of the two in their next encounter? We predict that they will share points in this game.
The Colombian national team is having a good time. They have qualified for two consecutive World Cups, and last summer, they won bronze in Copa America. The Coffeemakers are now struggling to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, but some problems have been so far. Reinaldo Rueda’s side has only picked up two wins in their eight previous outings, and those were over the outsiders Venezuela and Peru in the South American continent. Colombia have taken turns against Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay in their last three games, relegating them to fifth in the table.
The Chilean national team played in the World Championships in 2010 and 2014, but they failed to qualify for Russia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup. Now, the Reds risk missing out on the global forum by showing abysmal results. In eight meetings, they only managed one win, and that over Peru - 2-0. Martin Lasarte’s side drew four more times and suffered three defeats. Such modest results leave the Chilean national team in eighth place in the standings. They are already five points adrift of the direct qualification for the 2022 World Cup, so their chances of going to Qatar are minimized with every round.
History of head-to-head encounters between Colombia and Chile
The teams have played 38 head-to-head games in their history. The Colombians have won eight, the Chileans have been stronger in 13 games, and 17 games have ended in a draw. The goal difference is also on the side of the upcoming encounter - 60:46. The last time the two sides met in the current World Cup 2022 qualifier was a 2-2 draw.
Expert Betting Tips
Colombia and Chile have only drawn in their last four head-to-head encounters. Looking at their tournament position, a draw will not suit either of them, but this is the outcome that seems the most likely. The Colombians have drawn their last three games in a row, while the Chileans have drawn three times in their last four meetings. Both teams win and lose very rarely, but a draw is the most popular result for them. As a result, we suggest betting on a draw at odds of around 3.10.
Colombia and Chile are two very different football teams. While the Colombians enjoy playing wide, aggressive, and open, often producing results, the Chileans zip up and wait for their opponents to make mistakes. Colombia will now be without their two main forwards, which will inevitably impact their style of play, which will be closer and closer to the Chilean style. Moreover, the opponents have drawn 0-0 three times in their previous four fixtures, so Total Under (2) goals at odds of close to 1.86 seems to be the best option.
If anyone is to be expected to produce results in the upcoming match, it is Arturo Vidal. Every year, he continues to burn out the centre of the pitch and be productive on the offensive end. In the two rounds of the current Serie A season, the 34-year-old midfielder has already managed a goal and an assist, indicating his excellent form while playing for Inter. What’s more, he has already scored four goals in six games for the Chilean national team in their FIFA World Cup 2022, making him the top scorer in the national team. All this gives us reason to look at a bet on Arturo Vidal’s goal with odds of around 5.00.