The Chile vs Ecuador CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying match will be held this Tuesday, October 15, 2013 (4:30 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Nacional. Chile and Ecuador will have their last opportunity to earn their direct qualification into next year’s World Cup. Both sides have 25 points, and currently lie on 3rd and 4th place of the standings, which are direct qualifying seeds. With a tie in Santiago, Chile, they both will earn their ticket to Brazil 2014.
Chile had everything in their possession to confirm their pass into the World Cup last Friday when they visited Colombia. The team coached by Jorge Sampaoli needed a win, and in fact began the game with a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately for ‘La Roja’, they could not control the score and tied the game 3-3. When they host Ecuador, Chile will access the World Cup with a win, a tie, or even with a loss if Uruguay does not defeat Argentina by several goals. If Chile is successful, it will be the first time in the team’s history that they access the FIFA World Cup in consecutive tournaments.
Like Chile, Ecuador is also on the verge of qualifying into the World Cup. The team coached by Reinaldo Rueda simply needs a win, tie, or a loss and have Uruguay not defeat Argentina by a large amount of goals. With a greater goal differential than Chile, Ecuador is in a greater position, and only a catastrophe would force them into the 5th position (intercontinental playoff against Asia’s Jordan).
Chile vs Ecuador Prediction
The Chile vs Ecuador match will be a good game between two sides who need at least a point to secure their direct qualification into the World Cup. While it is extremely doubtful that they will play for the tie, it is probable that both sides will style defensive strategies in order to protect their back-line. As the home team, and with a slightly greater pressure to earn a point due to goal differential, Chile is the favorite to win this match.
Tuesday’s game will be exciting, but at the end both defenses will win, and their will be a tie which will qualify them directly into the World Cup. Even if Uruguay defeats Argentina, both teams at the Estadio Nacional will be present in Brazil 2014. The Chile vs Ecuador match will end in a 1-1 tie.
Chile vs Ecuador TV Schedule
The Chile vs Ecuador qualifier will be televised this Tuesday, October 15, 2013 on beIN Sport en Español at 4:30 PM Pacific.