Chile are two-time Copa America champions, after winning the trophy back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, and they got their quest for number three off to a positive start against Argentina. After going behind to a Lionel Messi free-kick, Chile regrouped and equalised through Eduardo Vargas who scored on the rebound as Arturo Vidal’s penalty was saved. The draw continues Chile’s unbeaten 2021, but it was the third consecutive 1-1 result for La Roja (two of which have come against Argentina). They have also won just two of their past eight games since the start of 2020, a run of form that has them facing an uphill battle in World Cup qualifying.
Bolivia, meanwhile, started their Copa America campaign with a heavy defeat, beaten 3-1 by Paraguay. Bolivia took the lead in the game and held it until the 62nd minute, but a three-minute capitulation saw Paraguay turn things around and eventually take control of the game. The defeat continued Bolivia’s poor run of form which has seen them win just one of their past nine games since the start of 2020, with Venezuela the only team to be beaten, in World Cup qualifying at the start of June. Stuck in a tough group alongside Chile, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, Bolivia know they must win on Friday to even have a hope of reaching the knockout stages.
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Chile vs Bolivia: Match Stats
Bolivia’s opener against Paraguay continued a good scoring run for the nation, albeit with most of those goals being in vain. They have now found the net in each of their past seven matches across all competitions, since Brazil kept them out in a 5-0 win in October 2020. At the same time, Chile have failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of their past eight matches, including two games against Bolivia.
As mentioned, Bolivia’s goalscoring record hasn’t enabled them to get wins, while Chile showed they do have the fight against Argentina. Despite being without Alexis Sanchez for the entirety of the group stage through injury, Chile can feel confident of a win against Bolivia even when conceding.
Chile vs Bolivia: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Chile 2-1 Bolivia
Chile vs Bolivia: Odds
Chile vs Bolivia: Head to Head
09 June 2021 – Chile 1-1 Bolivia – World Cup Qualifying
27 March 2021 – Chile 2-1 Bolivia – Friendly
05 September 2017 – Bolivia 1-0 Chile – World Cup Qualifying
7 September 2016 – Chile 3-0 Bolivia – World Cup Qualifying
11 June 2016 – Chile 2-1 Bolivia – Copa America
Chile have enjoyed their past meetings against Bolivia, winning 19 of the 31 games so far, drawing seven and losing five. They are unbeaten in two, since a 1-0 win for Bolivia in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, but drew the most recent fixture just over a week ago.