- Uruguay lost just one of their last 15 games at home.
- Both teams scored in five of Uruguay’s last six matches.
- Both teams registered in five of Chile’s last eight away fixtures.
World Cup qualification campaign kicks off
The 2022 World Cup qualification campaign in South America kicks off this week, where a high-profile clash between Uruguay and Chile looks the most intriguing fixture in the section’s opening round of games.
A formidable Uruguay team were beaten just once in their last 13 matches since early 2019, though it’s also worth noting that over 2.5 goals hit the net in eight of those contests, and we think Le Celeste’s latest test has the makings of another end-to-ender.
With just one win from their last four competitive fixtures and only two wins from eight overall, Chile struggled at the back end of 2019, and while manager Reinaldo Rueda is trying to oversee a changing of the guard, members of the nation’s ageing golden generation, like Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, remain key.
There is enough forward-thinking quality and attacking star dust in both Uruguay and Chile’s squads to make the over 2.5 goals market an attractive proposition again this week, though we expect the hosts to eventually carve out a 2-1 win.
Uruguay lost just one of their last 15 matches on home soil, and with a tough to crack exterior well established on their own patch, a winning start to their WC2022 qualification campaign looks on.