USA vs Chile / International – While Europeans play qualification for the coming Euro 2020, teams from both Americas play friendlies. The USA play friendlies for a long time now as it failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup, just like Chile, which was a great failure for the reigning champion of South America. Regarding their friendlies, the Americans won three matches in a row, while Chile plays variably and defeats come after victories. The two teams met the last time in 2015 and it was a friendly that Chile won 3-2.
USA vs Chile begins 27.03.2019 at 00:55 CET
Failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia was a heavy and painful blow for the Americans as it is a crown of all efforts for each national team in four-year long competition cycle. They didn’t succeed this time and it was a sign to start with changes and rejuvenation of the national team. There is plenty of time and the USA use it to play friendlies whenever there is a chance, or in other words when FIFA schedule allows gathering of country’s best players. Before the World Cup 2018 the Americans were mostly sparing partners for those who qualified for it, and they can boast with fact that they drew 1-1 with future World Champion France.
But, they won just one out of six following matches, the one with Mexico, and lost four but all against strong teams like Brazil, Columbia, England and Italy. The USA won three previous matches, all with a clean sheet, including the last one with Ecuador 1-0 that was played several days ago. They won all matches under command of new manager Gregg Berhalter, while main players were those engaged in the German Bundesliga; Pulisic, Brook and McKennie, where the last one is injured and cannot play now.
Probable lineups USA: Horvath – Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks, Lovitz – Bradley, Roldan – Lewis, Pulisic, Arriola – Baird
Even bigger surprise of the Americans failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia was the same fate of Chile national team, mostly as the Chileans are still the reigning champions of their continent. They underperformed in the South American qualifications and had played especially weakly in the very finish of it when their fate was decided. All what they could do after that was to play friendlies and be sparing partners for those who qualified for the World Cup, but they again didn’t make a name for themselves. Wins come after losses in last five friendlies, although they played several of them with team that was far from the strongest.
Reinaldo Rude has been manager since beginning of 2018 and his job is to prepare Chile for the Copa America that comes this summer and where they are the title defenders. Chile played just one match in 2019 and that was with Mexico just a couple of days ago, which they lost 3-1. All goals were scored in the second half, and Mexico had lead of 3-0 so we cannot talk about any uncertainty. Greatest Chilean star Alexix Sanches is not in the team, just like Vargas, so now the team will be led by midfielder Aranguiz and Vidal, who will be supported by experienced Medel, Isla and Jara.
Probable lineups Chile: Arias – Isla, Jara, Maripan, Mena – Medel, Vidal, Aranguiz – Valdes, Hernandez, Castillo
USA vs Chile PICK
The Americans have three-game winning streak with a clean sheet and now will play in front of their home crows in Houston. Chile doesn’t play well but wants to rectify mistakes in its game in this match and will most probably play offensively, which could easily result with goals on both sides of pitch.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.77 at 10bet (down to 1.67 can be played)
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