While the automatic qualification places for Conmebol are already secured going into the final round of fixtures, there are still three teams fighting for a spot in the inter-confederation play-offs. Chile are one of those teams but they face an uphill battle after an underwhelming qualifying campaign.
With one game left to play, Chile are seventh, two places and two points behind Peru in the play-off place. They have managed just five wins from their 17 games so far and only the bottom two sides have lost more than their eight defeats. Last time out Chile were thrashed 4-0 away to Brazil, a result that allowed Colombia to leapfrog them and further dent their hopes of reaching the play-offs. Now, Chile need to win and hope Peru lose to Paraguay (who have nothing to play for) and Colombia drop points against Venezuela (who also have nothing to play for).
Uruguay also technically have nothing to play for but they will want to end their campaign on a high, as one of the four teams to have already sealed their spot in Qatar later this year. It hasn’t been the most straightforward of qualifying campaigns for Uruguay who failed to win their first three matches and ended 2021 winless in five, including four defeats.
But 2022 has been excellent for Diego Alonso so far, with Uruguay beating Paraguay and Venezuela in the first international break of the year. Then, last week, Uruguay confirmed their place at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Peru – despite having a negative goal difference and six defeats.
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Chile vs Uruguay: Match Stats
He may be 35 but Luis Suarez is still a pain and will be the man Chile need to keep an eye on most this week. The Atletico Madrid striker has scored seven goals in World Cup qualifying, more than any other Uruguay player. Across the rest of the group, only Neymar (eight) and Marcelo Moreno (10) have more goals than Suarez.
At the other end of the pitch, Uruguay’s defence has certainly had its problems in World Cup qualifying, conceding 22 goals in 17 games – the worst of the four qualified teams. However, they appear to have turned a corner in 2022, keeping a clean sheet in two of their three matches this year, only conceding a consolation goal vs Venezuela.
9 October 2020 – Uruguay 2-1 Chile – World Cup Qualifying
25 June 2019 – Chile 0-1 Uruguay – Copa America
16 November 2016 – Chile 3-1 Uruguay – World Cup Qualifying
18 November 2015 – Uruguay 3-0 Chile – World Cup Qualifying
Uruguay go into this game unbeaten in three matches against Chile, winning two. Last time out they drew 1-1 in the group stage of Copa America but Uruguay won the reverse fixture in World Cup qualifying, earning a 2-1 win in Montevideo.