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Chile and Uruguay will do battle in Santiago on Tuesday in the final game of each of their World Cup 2022 Qualifying campaigns.
The visitors have already sealed automatic progression to this year’s tournament, while their hosts have an outside chance of sneaking into the playoff place, depending on other results.
Chile and Uruguay will draw the curtains on their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers when they lock horns at the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo on Wednesday.
The hosts are seventh in the standings, five points off the playoff spot, while the Uruguayans are fourth with 25 points from 17 games.
Uruguay’s Rodrigo Bentancur celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on February 1, 2022© Reuters
After a tough start to their World Cup Qualifying campaign, Chile put themselves in the race for the top five with a run of three straight victories late last year, defeating Paraguay twice alongside a victory over Venezuela.
That moved them onto 16 points from 13 outings, but they were unable to add to their winning run, suffering consecutive defeats at the hands of Ecuador and Argentina.
While Martin Lasarte’s side did then bounce back with a 3-2 win over Bolivia thanks to an Alexis Sanchez brace and a Marcelino Nunez goal, they were again unable to add another win when they returned to action last time out.
La Roja travelled to take on group leaders Brazil, and they were the victims of a 4-0 thrashing as Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Philippe Coutinho and Richarlison all helped themselves to goals.
As a result, Lasarte’s men sit two points behind the playoff place and a point worse off than Colombia, meaning that, while they do stand a chance of reaching the playoffs, they would require both sides above them to lose while picking up a victory of their own.
Chile’s Gary Medel and teammates react on March 24, 2022© Reuters
In their bid to keep the slim hopes alive with a win, La Roja take on a Uruguay side who have already booked their place in the World Cup.
Despite being widely fancied as the third-best side in the South American qualifying group behind Brazil and Argentina, La Celeste failed to stamp their authority for the majority of the campaign, and they sat at risk of missing out on the global competition at several stages.
With just 16 points from 14 matches, Uruguay sat in an unenviable position, but, following the departure of long-term boss Oscar Tabarez and subsequent appointment of Diego Alonso, they have been able to turn their form around, putting together back-to-back wins over Paraguay and Venezuela early in the new year to storm into the top four.
Only boasting a slender lead over fifth-placed Peru with two games to go, last week’s meeting with Los Incas was pivotal, and Alonso’s men were able to confirm a top-four finish and automatic progression with a 1-0 win thanks to Giorgian De Arrascaeta’s goal.
Having now seemingly kicked into gear with three straight victories, Uruguay will look to continue building momentum ahead of the World Cup with a win that could see them leapfrog Ecuador and finish third in South American qualifying after their underwhelming start.
Chile attempts to remain alive for the inter-confederation playoffs when it hosts Uruguay in the final 2022 FIFA World Cup South American qualifying match for both sides on Tuesday. Chile (5-4-8) occupies seventh place in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualification standings with 19 points and needs a victory, as well as losses by Peru (21 points) and Colombia (20) in order to advance to the playoffs. Uruguay (7-4-6), which already has clinched a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year, has won its last three qualifying matches.
Kickoff at Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo in Santiago, Chile is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Chile is the +110 favorite (risk $100 to win $110) in the latest Chile vs. Uruguay odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Uruguay is the +245 underdog. A 90-minute draw is priced at +220 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Uruguay vs. Chile picks, you need to see what proven soccer insider Jon Eimer has to say.
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Now, Eimer has taken a close look at the Chile vs. Uruguay matchup and locked in his coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Eimer’s picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Uruguay vs. Chile:
Chile vs. Uruguay spread: Chile -0.5
Chile vs. Uruguay over-under: 2.5 goals
Chile vs. Uruguay money line: Chile +110, Uruguay +245, Draw +220
CHI: Chile owns a minus-9 goal differential
URU: Uruguay has allowed one goal over its last three matches
Why you should back Chile
Chile is led offensively by Alexis Sanchez, who is tied for seventh in South American qualifying with five goals. The 33-year-old recorded a brace in the team’s 3-2 triumph over Bolivia on Feb. 1 and also scored Chile’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in its qualification opener. Sanchez also ranks first on the squad with three assists.
Another dangerous offensive player for Chile is Arturo Vidal. The 34-year-old midfielder did not play in the team’s matches against Argentina and Bolivia earlier this year but returned to the pitch for its 4-0 loss to Brazil last Thursday. Vidal is tied with four others for 10th place with four goals during qualifying play.
Why you should back Uruguay
Uruguay ended 2021 in dismal fashion, losing its final four qualifying matches by a combined 11-1 score. Three of the setbacks came against the top two teams in the standings in Brazil and Argentina (twice), but the Uruguayans have bounced back nicely this year. The squad has won each of its three contests in 2022, outscoring its opponents by a 6-1 margin.
The Uruguayans have a very dangerous offensive weapon in Luis Suarez. The 35-year-old forward is tied for third place with seven goals during qualifying play and has scored twice in his last three matches. Giorgian De Arrascaeta shares seventh place with five tallies and has converted in each of Uruguay’s last two contests.
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