Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez is expected to miss Chile's clash against Colombia through injury Reuters

Colombia can take a big step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup by beating Chile at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in Barranquilla on 10 November.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 8.30pm GMT. The game is not scheduled for live broadcast in the UK.


Colombia are fourth in the Conmebol standings heading into their World Cup qualifying clash with Chile, who are one point behind in fifth. Jose Pekerman's side have only won one of their last three World Cup qualifiers – a 1-0 away victory over Paraguay on 6 October.

Pekerman has no major injury concerns for the match in Barranquilla.

Arturo Vidal scored twice as Chile beat Peru 2-1 in Santiago in their last World Cup qualifier on 11 October. The defending Copa America champions are level on points and goal difference with Argentina, but are ahead of the two-time World Cup winners on the Conmebol table by virtue of their superior scoring record.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has a light muscle strain and is unlikely to feature for the visitors.

What managers say

Jose Pekerman: "[Radamel] Falcao has always been a key player in the national team. Unfortunately his injury kept him out of the last World Cup. Now we're in another stage and, after a time-out, he is finding his best form. You have to start from bottom to top. Hopefully he can find his best form and realise his highest expectations."

Juan Antonio Pizzi: "[Alexis Sanchez] is very important, but we are working to find ways to replace him. Not having Alexis is a reality to face, but we rely on the entire group. He is recovering and will continue with La Roja."

Form guide

  • Colombia: DWLWW
  • Last result: Colombia 2-2 Uruguay
  • Chile: WLWLD
  • Last result: Chile 2-1 Peru

Betting odds (Betfair)

  • Colombia win: 17/20
  • Draw: 5/2
  • Chile win: 10/3

Team news

Colombia possible XI: Ospina; Arias, Mina, Murillo, Diaz; Aguilar, Sanchez; Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Falcao; Bacca

Chile possible XI: Bravo; Isla, Roco, Medel, Mena; Aranguiz, Diaz, Vidal; Vargas, Orellana, Castillo