Chile and Uruguay kick things off on Tuesday afternoon on Match Day 4 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Both of these teams rank in the top three of the standings, so soccer fans should be in for a great game.

Chile (5)

The Chilean National Team has had one of their finest years to date. During the summer they won the Copa America for the first time ever, defeating Argentina in the finals. Chile is currently ranked No. 5 in the world, the highest they have ever ranked in their nation's history. With Lionel Messi injured, you could make the case that Chile is the top team in CONMEBOL.

We haven't seen Chile lose a single match since March 29 when they fell to Brazil in an international friendly, 1-0. Chile is extremely balanced with play-makers all across the board. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will be starting in net while Arturo Vidal leads the middle fielders alongside Jean Beausejour. Vidal has been playing terrific for first place Bayern Munich this season. Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas are the most talented forwards for Chile, and they will be on the field on Tuesday.

So far Chile has two wins, over Brazil and Peru, and one draw which came to Colombia. Chile led Colombia 1-0, but a late goal by James Rodriguez eventually led to a 1-1 draw. Chile has seven points thus far, good enough for second place. Only 3-0 Ecuador has a better record at the moment.

Uruguay (12)

Trying to get back on track is Uruguay. Uruguay lost to Ecuador in their last game by one goal, but they will be at home in this one. Uruguay is still in good shape despite last week's loss because they have wins over Colombia and Bolivia. Uruguay sits in third place with six points.

Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez will not be playing in this game. Suarez is still serving his nine match international ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini of Italy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Fortunately for Uruguayan soccer fans, this will be Suarez's last game missed because of suspension. Edinson Cavani, who scored against Colombia, is the top forward for Uruguay. Team captain Diego Godín leads a powerful defensive team. Uruguay's defense against Chile's elite passing attack will be the major matchup to watch.

Uruguay's defense has been playing terrific so far as they have only allowed two goals in three games. These teams had huge confrontations with each other after Chile defeated and eliminated Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the Cope America 1-0.


Chile and Uruguay will play each other on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. EST on beIN sports. The game will be played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay. You can watch a live game stream here.


This could be a very physical game as Uruguay does play tough defense. Neither one of these teams are in desperation mode especially given the fact that Argentina hasn't even won a game yet. Chile is the better team on paper, but Uruguay does have home field advantage. Don't be surprised if the two teams tie with one another.

Chile and Uruguay draw, 1-1

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