The long-awaited return of the South American World Cup Qualifiers lived up to the expectations as Argentina and Chile clashed in a thrilling game at Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero. Lionel Messi put the hosts in front from the penalty spot but La Roja had a quick response as Alexis Sánchez scored the equalizer twelve minutes later.
La Albiceleste have been expecting this game for a long time as they've been off the field since November 2020. They couldn't get the result they expected, though, as Chile played wisely and held them to a draw in Martín Lasarte's first WC Qualifiers game in charge of the team. Check out the highlights and goals from this entertaining duel.
Argentina vs Chile: Match Preview
The road to Qatar 2022 will continue this week with the long-awaited resumption of the South American World Cup Qualifiers. Argentina and Chile clash today at the Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero in an exciting duel between strong candidates to earn a berth in soccer's greatest competition. Lionel Messi will lead the host on the field, with Lautaro Martínez and Angel Di Maria in attack. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this game, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and even how to watch it in the US.
La Albiceleste will play their first game in 2021 after the postponement of the double-fixture scheduled for March. Lionel Scaloni's boys were expected to face a tough international window against Brazil and Uruguay, but they will jump directly into Matchday 7 with a good record under their belt.
Meanwhile, La Roja will visit Santiago del Estero hoping to get back on track after a weak start to their campaign. With Reinaldo Rueda not longer at the helm, Martín Lasarte will try to change Chile's worrying situation and guide them to the World Cup, but his first task is a challenging one.
Argentina vs Chile: Match Information
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 8 PM
Location: Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, Santiago del Estero
Argentina vs Chile: Time by State in the US
ET: 8 PM
CT: 7 PM
MT: 6 PM
PT: 5 PM
Argentina vs Chile: Storylines and Head-to-Head
After several months off the field, Argentina will be back to action full of hope. A promising start to their journey towards the next World Cup quickly turned La Albiceleste into one of the teams to beat, as they remain undefeated after four games. After struggling to do so in his first months in charge, Lionel Scaloni seems to have found the ideal starting eleven to take Argentina back to the top. In their last game, played in November 2020, they've beaten 2-0 Peru on the road.
On the other hand, Chile will be looking for recovery following a tough beginning to the tournament. With Martín Lasarte on the bench, La Roja will face a crucial double-fixture before the Copa America 2021 begins. They have collected poor results and need to step up before it's too late. In Matchday 4, they were shocked by Venezuela, before Lasarte's debut in an International Friendly against Bolivia. Will Chile bounce back in Argentina?
This will be the 92nd meeting between these two national teams. Argentina have been dominant most of the time, winning 60 duels, while Chile claimed the victory only in six games, and they've tied in 25 matches. However, over the last years, these teams have met frequently and La Roja beat La Albiceleste in two Copa America finals, both of them on penalties.
Argentina vs Chile: Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers 2021 Standings
After Matchday 4, Argentina stand second in the South American World Cup Qualifiers 2022 table with ten points, just two behind leaders Brazil, while Chile sit sixth with only four points so far.
Argentina vs Chile: Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers 2021 Top Scorers
Arturo Vidal, who tested positive to Covid-19 and will miss this clash, is Chile's top scorer with four goals, while Argentina's leading goalscorers are Lautaro Martínez and Nicolás González, with two goals each.
How to watch or live stream Argentina vs Chile in the US
The game to be played between Argentina and Chile for Matchday 7 of the South American World Cup Qualifiers 2022 will be broadcast by Fubo TV, who has exclusive streaming rights in the US.
Argentina vs Chile: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers in the US have already revealed their predictions for this game, and they see the hosts as favorites. FanDuel has given Argentina odds of -200, while Chile have +490, and a tie would result in a +300 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.