Tomorrow, Qatar will face Chile in a friendly match that will be the World Cup host’s final game before the tournament begins in November, with kickoff at 8 pm.
La Roja will miss a second straight World Cup after enduring a torrid qualifying campaign. The team finished five points adrift of the playoff place and seven points off automatic qualification.
Chile would have hoped that the appointment of Eduardo Berizzo as head coach in May would have resulted in an upturn in fortunes. Still, the new boss has begun his tenure with three losses and a penalty shootout defeat to Ghana in the Kirin Cup, which followed a goalless draw.
In total, Chile is now winless in their last six games, while they have failed to score in all six of those contests, ensuring that confidence is at a premium within the squad.
Qatar is looking forward to its first-ever World Cup and their first appearance at any football tournament.
Despite their lack of previous tournament experience, Qatar can draw upon recent international success after winning the Asian Cup in 2019 and reaching the Gold Cup and Arab Cup semi-finals last year.
Before they can turn their attention to this summer’s football tournament, Qatar will attempt to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to Canada when they face Chile on Tuesday.
Chile vs Qatar Head to Head
Both sides have yet to face each other, marking their first encounter. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Morocco 2-0 Chile
- Ghana 0-0 Chile
- Chile 0-2 Tunisia
- South Korea 2-0 Chile
- Canada 2-0 Qatar
- Qatar 0-3 Croatia U23
- Fiorentina 0-0 Qatar
- Lazio 0-0 Qatar
Chile Team News
The Chilean national team is expected to field a strong starting lineup against the Republic of Ireland, with players like Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal being joined by Marcelino Nunez in the midfield. Gabriel Suazo and Francisco Serralta are also expected to start, while Ben Brereton Diaz is expected to lead the attack.
Qatar Team News
Saad Al Sheeb is expected to be in goal for the home side, who will likely start with a back five of Abdelkarim Hassan (100 caps), Ali Assadalla (subbed on for the final 30 minutes against Canada), Ahmed Fathi and Hamadi Al Ghaddioui.
Prediction and Odds
Despite being ranked 13 places higher than Qatar, Chile head into Tuesday’s friendly match with little confidence, and we expect them to be held to a draw.
- Chile Win
- Goals Under 2.5
- Correct Score: 1-0