Chile vs Costa Rica: Chile play their first home game for over a year with Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez surely hoping desperately that he can build up some much-needed confidence.
The 29-year-old has endured a wretched run of form since his swap move from Arsenal in January, scoring only four goals for the Red Devils in 29 appearances and demoted to the bench for most of this season.
Sanchez got a rare 90 minutes under his belt when Chile won 1-0 against Mexico in October and match practice, plus a goal or two, is exactly what he needs against Costa Rica and then Honduras on Tuesday to try and revive his flagging club career.
It was 78th-minute substitute Nicolas Castillo who scored the only goal in the victory over the Mexicans and that was the only one Chile have notched since they, despite being back-to-back Copa America champions, had to sit out and watch the World Cup in the summer.
Costa Rica did go to Russia, but their only joy was a 2-2 draw with Switzerland in their last group match and since then they have lost four out of four and conceded 11 goals in doing so.
With neither team firing on all cylinders at present, we can see goals being at something of a premium here and we like the idea of combining a tight contest with a clean sheet being kept for our bet – and Sanchez for one will hope that it’s Chile achieving a shutout.
A young Mexico national team welcomes a Chile squad without its biggest stars on Tuesday in an international friendly in Queretaro. El Tri is coming off a 3-2 friendly win over Costa Rica on Thursday, winning on a Raul Jimenez penalty kick.
Mexico has more quality but there are some veterans for Chile that want to show they still have it like Fabian Orellana. Expect few goals but for Mexico to squeak out a victory. Mexico 2, Chile 1.