Chile vs Brazil Preview 03/09/2021
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Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup continues over the next two weeks and Brazil have the opportunity to move one step closer to qualification as they meet Chile on the 2nd of September.
The match will take place at the Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago, with the hosts beginning this round of fixtures in 7th place on 6 points while the visitors are top of the table with 18 points to their name.
Chile reached the quarter final stage of the 2021 Copa America but were defeated 1-0 by Brazil. Despite the fact they reached the knockout stages of the competition, Chile recorded only one win from their 5 matches in the tournament. The victory came in the group stages against Bolivia and was a narrow 1-0 win. Other results included a 2-0 defeat against Paraguay plus 1-1 draws against Uruguay and Argentina.
Chile have made a slow start to 2022 World Cup qualifying and they have recorded only one win from their 6 matches. The win came at home against Peru, who are currently bottom of the group and there have been defeats against Venezuela and Uruguay, both away from home.
Trends show in their 9 most recent home matches of World Cup qualification in South America, Chile have been undefeated 8 times. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in each of their last 7 games in all competitions.
Brazil reached the final of the 2021 Copa America only to suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Argentina. Some of the players who featured in the tournament travelled to Japan for the Olympic Games and Brazil won their second gold medal in succession. So, overall, it was a good summer for the Brazilian national team.
Brazil are currently in control of 2022 World Cup qualifying in South America and they are sitting top of the group with maximum points. Brazil have won each of their 6 fixtures, with the wins coming at home over Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador plus away at Peru, Uruguay, and Paraguay. There are certainly tougher tests to come but it has been a great start.
Trends show Brazil have not lost in 34 of their last 36 matches in all competitions, which is an excellent run. They are undefeated in each of their last 23 World Cup qualifying fixtures and have scored 2 or more goals in each of their last 3 qualifying games on the road.
Looking ahead to the team news and Chile are without Alexis Sánchez but can call upon the likes of Arturo Vidal, Charles Aránguiz, Eduardo Vargas, Gary Medel, and Claudio Bravo.
Brazil are without several key players due to travel restrictions, with Alisson, Ederson, Thiago Silva, Alex Telles, Fred, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison unavailable for selection.
Despite the fact Brazil are missing players from the English Premier League, there is still plenty of quality in their squad. They are on a great run of form and should have enough to beat a Chile team who have been struggling. We expect to see under 2.5 goals scored and an away victory.