Chile seek comeback
from one setback to the next so far.
Last month they were beaten 2-1 by Paraguay in Asuncion and were then held to a 0-0 draw by minnows Bolivia at home in Santiago.
Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has recalled playmaker Jorge Valdivia following a 10-month exile while Bravo, Sanchez and Vidal are all expected to start at Quito’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, which is some 9,000 feet above sea level.
Ecuador, meanwhile, head into the game looking to rediscover their winning habit. After starting qualifiers with four straight wins, Ecuador have taken only one point from their last four games. In other matches tomorrow morning, Uruguay will be confident of holding onto their position at the top of the standings when they face Venezuela in Montevideo, with star strikers Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez both expected to play. Venezuela are bottom of the 10-nation standings with no wins from eight games, although they gave Argentina a mighty scare in their last outing on September 6, taking a 20 lead before eventually being held for a 2-2 draw. A resurgent Brazil meanwhile will attempt to extend the feelgood factor created by back-to-back wins over Ecuador and Colombia last month when they take on eighth-placed Bolivia in Natal.
Argentina, who are level with Brazil on 15 points but trail their rivals on goal difference, face an awkward trip to Lima to face Peru, with coach Edgardo Bauza mulling how best to plug the gap created by injury to captain Lionel Messi.
Bauza has indicated either Juventus’s Paulo Dybala or Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa could start in Messi’s place.
Argentina’s Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori meanwhile urged his teammates to beware the threat posed by Peru’s veteran striker Paolo Guerrero, the 32-year-old Flamengo attacker who is his country’s all-time leading scorer with 27 goals in 73 games.
“We may be the favourites but you always have to be careful around a guy like Guerrero. He’s a tricky player,” the defender said. – AFP