After a 1-0 win over Ecuador on Friday, it’s now 3 wins from 3 for the US under the watch of Berhalter and there’s a renewed vigour around the side once again. American football had entered crisis mode following failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 last year, but the ex-Columbus Crew manager is now looking to spearhead a revival with a new generation of players. Early signs are certainly promising and with the likes of Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams in their ranks, the side could well have a bright future if they can find a winning formula. Having beaten Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador during their current winning run, without conceding a single goal in the process, confidence is high going into Tuesday’s match and the hosts are hopeful of securing another step in the right direction. Meanwhile, Chilean football also hit a real low-point, as the side were one of the biggest names to miss out on the action in Russia last year. With the fabled golden generation now entering the end of their international careers, Chile’s long term future may not be as bright, but for now, focus can only be on building momentum ahead of the approaching Copa America. Boss Reinaldo Rueda has yet to really convince since taking charge and it’s fair to say, La Roja aren’t looking much of a force right now. Indeed, they’ve lost 3 of their last 5 matches and looked very fragile in a 3-1 defeat to Mexico on Saturday, leaving spirits and confidence low coming into this game. Ultimately, if this match was being played a couple of years ago, you’d have Chile down as comfortable winners but that’s simply not the case now. Indeed, the US appear to be improving under the new regime and have looked a well organised outfit in recent outings; something that certainly cannot be said about the Chileans.
Argentina have not had much competitive action in recent times and have lost twice in the last five friendly matches they have had. They recently fell to Venezuela and had earlier fallen to Brazil. After this friendly match they will go into more serious action as the Copa America qualifiers draw close and they will be hoping to make it count. Argentina have six losses in their last 15 matches, and seven wins in the process. They have six wins in their last 10 friendly matches and seven clean sheets in the process; they have failed to score in just two of those. Away from home, they have two losses and seven wins in their last 10 friendly matches, and seven clean sheets therein as well. With 11 wins in 17 matches, Morocco will not be pushovers as they go to this clash. They have not lost in any of their last seven matches and have five clean sheets in there. In 11 friendly matches, Morocco have lost just once – to Netherlands.
Nigeria had a good run in the AFCON qualifiers and they too, will be seeking a good run in preparations to the tournament. They host one of the favorites at the tournament in this clash at Asaba hoping for a win and going by their run in the past few months, they will be a good match for the North Africans. Nigeria are unbeaten in six matches since their loss to Argentina at the World Cup and the loss is their only one in the last eight. They have however failed to replicate the form in their last five friendly matches at home, losing two and drawing three with just one clean sheet. Egypt carry a five match unbeaten run, with four wins, having scored at least two goals in four of their last five matches. It has however not been so good for Egypt in their last 11 away matches; they have won just one. They are winless in six away friendly matches but they will pride in the fact that they have never lost to Nigeria, in four matches between them. They have won three and drawn one, with two of the matches yielding over 2.5 goals, but Nigeria failed to score in just one of the four while Egypt have scored in all the four.
After a run of one win in eight games and missing the 2018 World Cup, the USA have turned it all around in recent months under their new coach. They beat Ecuador 1-0 on Friday, their third win in a row and all achieved without conceding a goal. It was a close game against Ecuador and it took a goal eight minutes from time that got the Americans their win. That takes their home record to just one loss in the last six and they will want to keep that momentum going as they prepare for the Copa America. Chile aren't in such form and have lost two of their last three matches. They went down 3-1 to Mexico on Saturday conceding three goals in the space of 13 second-half minutes and have now conceded seven goals in their last three matches. Last November saw them lose 3-2 at home to Costa Rica again going 3-0 down before getting two late goals. Their last win came in a friendly against Honduras, played just four days after the Costa Rica defeat. They won that game 4-1 at home with two of the goals coming from the penalty spot, but their opponents were a team that have only won one of their last 12 away games. Chile aren't that hot on their travels either with only two wins in their last eight matches. Go for the USA to maintain their momentum with a home win in this game.
Tunisia have three wins in their last five matches, same to Algeria but the difference is that Tunisia have lost twice in the run while Algeria have a draw and a loss. Algeria have five wins in their last 10 matches at home; they have shed a bit of the commanding presence they used to enjoy at home in previous years and it will be interesting to see how they approach this clash. In four straight friendly matches, Algeria have picked four losses but they have won five of the last six at home and in each of the last five at home, they have managed to score two or more goals. Tunisia on the other hand, have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight matches, winning four. They have however failed to win any of their last six away friendly matches and with just one win in 10 away friendly matches, this doesn’t look too promising for them. The two North African nations have met four times and twice Tunisia have picked wins, while Algeria have one win. Only one of the four games, the most recent, yielded over 2.5 goals.
Brazil have picked six straight wins since falling to Belgium in the World Cup quarters and among the teams they have faced are formidable opponents, including Argentina, Uruguay, Cameroon and United States. Crucially, they have not conceded a goal in any of these matches and taking on a Panama side winless in the last 11 matches places Brazil as outright favorites. Brazil have also picked 10 straight wins in friendly matches and have not lost in 13 friendlies. In their last 18 friendly matches, they have conceded in just three and lost one then drew one; all the rest ended in wins. They have not let in a goal in the last 11 friendly matches. On the other hand, Panama have conceded in each of their last 10 matches and have managed just four wins in 20 matches. They are winless in eight friendly matches and have six losses in that run. This will be the third time the two nations face off; Brazil have picked wins in both earlier meetings.
Argentina have conceded just one goal in their last six matches, which come after their World Cup exit. The only goal conceded was in the 0 – 1 loss to Brazil, while they have failed to score in two matches – against Brazil and Colombia. They have scored two or more goals in the remaining four matches. In their last 18 friendly matches, Argentina have managed 13 wins and will definitely be favorites here. They get to face a Venezuela side with just four wins in 23 matches. They have picked two wins in 11 friendly matches and just two clean sheets in their last 10 friendly matches. Argentina are unbeaten in the last four matches against Venezuela. The one and only win Venezuela have managed against Argentina in 16 meetings, came in 2011 in the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. Argentina have won 13 with two ending in draws.
It’s something of a tumultuous time for the Germany national team right now. After their dreadful showing in the World Cup, they have only won two of their six matches since then and finished bottom of their UEFA Nations League group behind the Netherlands and France. This has forced Joachim Low to have a good look at his squad, and he’s made the controversial decision to axe the experienced trio of Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, and Thomas Muller. The decision has been accompanied by hearty amounts of backlash, but it’s clear that Low is now focusing on the future generation. You can certainly see that in his squad selection for these games too. Manuel Neuer is the only player selected who is over the age of 30, and 15 of their 20 outfield players are aged 25 or younger. This includes three uncapped players in Lukas Klostermann, Niklas Stark, and Maximilian Eggestein, while 23 year old Timo Werner is the only out and out striker selected. Serbia have gone for a more traditional mixture of experience and youth, but nevertheless it harbours some big names in the squad. Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to take the strikers berth on Wednesday, operating in front of a big name midfield including the in form Dusan Tadic, Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic, and the hot prospect of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. It’s proven to be quite a promising time for Serbia recently too. They may have been out of the World Cup by the end of the group stages, but since then they have won four and drawn two of their six matches. Of course, none of their opponents during this period were on the same level as Germany. What we can expect from the visitors is a good level of attacking play. Tadic is in great form at Ajax at the moment, while Mitrovic has an impressive record of 23 goals in 46 appearances for the national team. They have scored 11 goals in the six games since the World Cup and have only failed to find the net once. Germany, meanwhile, have conceded in 12 of their last 14 matches and have shipped eight goals in their six games since their World Cup humiliation. Backing Both Teams to Score on Wednesday looks a very promising move.