Chile and Bolivia face off today in an International Friendly to take the pitch for the first time in 2021. The current window of international games should have included two rounds of the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, but travel restrictions to players performing in Europe delayed the double-fixture.
However, these two teams didn't want to lose more time without playing and arranged to meet in a friendly. Martín Lasarte will have his debut as the head coach of 'La Roja', replacing Reinaldo Rueda. Chile didn't start the Qualifiers in a good way and they need to bounce back as soon as possible.
On the other hand, 'La Verde' couldn't have a good beginning to their WC Qualifying campaign either. Bolivia have struggled at the CONMEBOL competitions, but this test may be a good opportunity for them to grow.
Chile vs Bolivia: Match Information
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Time: 9 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua
Chile vs Bolivia: Time by State in the US
ET: 9 PM
CT: 8 PM
MT: 7 PM
PT: 6 PM
Chile vs Bolivia: Storylines and Head-to-Head
The Chilean national team began the World Cup Qualifying competition with the wrong foot. They've only won once in the first four games, and that poor start put Reinaldo Rueda's tenure to an end. 'La Roja' are seeking a quick recovery and that's why they organized this friendly. The new coach Martín Lasarte will be having his debut ahead of the demanding task of improving Chile's form to finish with a Qatar 2022 berth.
Bolivia couldn't compete too much against CONMEBOL teams in the past years, and in the current WC qualifiers, they already sit at the bottom without wins so far. César Farías doesn't have an easy job to do, but this upcoming game could be a chance for his squad to learn and grow.
These two national teams have a long history facing each other. Taking into account World Cup Qualifying games, Copa America, and friendlies, they've clashed 44 times, with 29 victories for Chile, seven for Bolivia, and eight draws. 16 of those games were International Friendlies, in which 'La Roja' claimed the victory 11 times, while 'La Verde' won twice, and they've tied in three matches.
How to watch or live stream Chile vs Bolivia
The 2021 International Friendly to be played between Chile and Bolivia at Estadio El Teniente will be broadcasted by Chilevision and Tigo Sports Bolivia. For people living in Chile, they can watch the game on RedGol.
Chile vs Bolivia: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers have made their predictions, and the hosts seem to be the clear favorite to win the game. DraftKings has given odds of -455 to a triumph for Chile, while a victory of Bolivia has odds of +1300. A tie would result in a +525 payout.
* Odds via DraftKings.