There are contrasting moods as two South American heavyweights clash, with Chile currently in the midst of a crisis facing an Argentina side playing with confidence and class.
Chile suffered their second loss in a row as Ecuador defeated them 3-1, and all of the good work done in June when they won two away games against Bolivia and Venezuela has been undone. Matters on the field and off it threaten to undermine this talented group, as they sit in 5th place with 12 points from 8 games.
Claudio Borghi's job is under danger as he threatened to resign, while fans have voiced and written their disapproval at the team training complex. Borghi's switch of formations against Ecuador did little but increase fatigue on his players and negate any unity. Pablo Contreras and Arturo Vidal's absences through suspension will be felt, while GK Claudio Bravo is also out through injury. Gary Medel is all set for a return according to the reports.
Argentina meanwhile are in a great moment, and a 3-0 win over Uruguay showed all their quality, making them 1st place in the table with 17 points from 8 games. However, away form has hardly been excellent with a draw against lowly Peru and loss to Venezuela. They did manage a win against Colombia though.
Alejandro Sabella's done fine work with the team, though, and although the attack line is formidable, they are strong in midfield as well. Lionel Messi captaining the side has been a huge factor in their form though, and he guides this team outstanding. The last time Argentina visited Santiago, they lost 1-0, and they'll be seeking to avenge that loss.
Chile's defense has seen them concede 16 goals, and with first choice players out here, it's tempting to think they'll concede a few here - Argentina have the best attack in the group too.
Where: Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile
When: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8:05 p.m. ET
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