Chile vs Uruguay by Isaiah
Chile managed to survive and walk away with a point taken on the road against Colombia few night ago, even though their hosts were controling the ball a lot and looked at least a bit more threatening. Overall, it was a bit more defensive game than what we are used to see from these two nations, but the Chileans did what was needed in defense and could be more satisfied with this point.
On the other side, Chileans were looking to create something more out of counter-attacks, but didn't manage to create more than just couple of chances. After this point taken, the team is at fifth position, sharing fourth actually, but only with a point more than sixth placed Argentina and now remains in a must win position in this one if they are not to enter really worrying period. Midfielders Jorge Valdivia, Matias Fernandez and forwards Mauricio Pinilla and Mark Gonzalez didn't make the team this time out of more known players.
Uruguay, on the other side, had a difficult task to get a victory at home over Ecuador, but the team managed to do it, with a 2:1 result and all three goals being scored inside the first halftime. They took the lead via Coales already in 12th minute and even though Caicedo replied in 44th, one minute later Uruguayans were leading again, this time thanks to a goal from Rolan.
Overall, it was quite a balanced game and neither of the team looked specially better, since the players of Ecuador spent more of their time in the second halftime trying to find a way to level up the result again. With this three pointer behind their backs, the team is standing at second position at the table with just a point less than first placed Brazil and more important, with six points more than play-off placed Chile. They might not be needing a victory here, but the team surely doesn't want fifth placed Chile to come to only three points difference after only one game. Guests miss defenders Jorge Fucile and Mauricio Victorino as well as midfielder Crisitian Rodriguez out of more known guys.
Chileans are playing much more offensive football in front of own fans, while Uruguayans anyway remain in-form side and surely won't come here to defend only. I see plenty of value here with taking both teams to score at least once, since chances in my eyes are well above 50%.