Watch Chile vs. Colombia live stream in 2018 World Cup qualifier Round 1 action on Thursday, November 12 from Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago de Chile.
The biggest news of this match is that Colombian superstar James Rodriguez will be back on the pitch after recovering from a torn thigh muscle injury suffered on September 8 against Peru. This forced the Real Madrid striker to miss important games, and Colombia has suffered as a result.
Los Cafeteros started their World Cup qualifier campaign on the right foot by defeating Peru 2-0, but the team lost James in the process and didn’t do well in their next encounter. Uruguay slammed Colombia 3-0 in the later fixture, which also saw Juan Cuadrado get an untimely red card in the dying minutes, according to the Latin Post.
Tune in to watch Chile vs. Colombia live stream to see if James will make a difference when Colombia faces an empowered Chile. After taking the 2015 Copa America title, Jorge Sampaoli’s men are on fire and ready to add two points at home.
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) November 12, 2015
Chile not only took all the glory in this year’s Copa America, they also started their 2018 World Cup qualifier by defeating a struggling Brazil and topping Peru 4-3. At this time, Chile is the team to beat, as Argentina is without Lionel Messi and Brazil hasn’t recovered from their disastrous 2014 World Cup.
This should be a fun match to follow since both teams are among the favorites to advance to the 2018 World Cup. Colombia is led by star player James, who, according to Bleacher Report, is versatile enough to take on attacking midfielder or winger duties for his team.
When you watch Chile vs. Colombia live stream, you will see if Chile can continue its impressive international campaign. After a solid start in the World Cup qualifier round, Chile will certainly take advantage of welcoming Colombia at home.
— Sport360° (@Sport360) November 12, 2015
Most experts give Chile the victory on Thursday since, even with James, the Andean nation is a stronger team at this point. However, Eduardo Vargas — who is considered to be a key player, but is suffering from an ankle injury — has disappointed of late and will need to be on top of his game against the effective Colombian defense.
Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli is also facing uncertainty about Alexis Sanchez, who, according to a report in Four Four Two, is “exhausted” because of a grueling campaign with Arsenal and at risk of burnout. Sampaoli has been cautious when talking about his star striker’s physical condition.
“Alexis will be treated with caution but he is eager to play and gave his all in training.
“From what I saw Alexis looked very well, in an incredible moment. I am excited to see if he can translate that energy because if Alexis does what he knows how to do on the pitch, we will have many possibilities to win.”
Tune in to watch Chile vs. Colombia live stream to see if Chile will continue its 10-match winning streak. Sampaoli expects Vargas to join Sanchez on the attack against Colombia on Thursday and be able to act “normally.”
“Hopefully on Thursday we can have him. Alexis and Eduardo are players who complement each other well in attack.”
Watch Chile vs. Colombia live stream of 2018 World Cup qualifier here on Thursday, November 12 from Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago. Kick-off is at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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