Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez should line up for Chile in their Copa America Centenario semi-final clash with Colombia at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday morning, and will be hoping to lead the defending champions to the final against Argentina. It could well be a repeat of the 2015 final, which saw Chile beat the Sky Blues on penalties, but the favourites still have a job to do against Colombia this week.
Chile finished second in Group D with six points from a possible nine. Their only defeat came against Argentina. Wins over Panama and Bolivia saw them into the quarter-finals where a 7-0 thrashing of Mexico booked their place in the semi-finals in emphatic fashion. They come into Thursday’s clash full of confidence of dispatching of an unconvincing Colombia side, and the impressive Sanchez could be key to victory.
Colombia lost a group game en route to the latter stages, and it took a penalty shootout against Peru for them to reach the semis. In fact, their last two games in the tournament has seen them suffer a defeat and a draw in 90 minutes. As a result, they’re not coming off the best form ahead of this week’s meeting with a Chile side high on confidence. As for Sanchez, the Arsenal man has scored and created five goals in the tournament, and is one to watch.
He’s thriving in an adventurous Chile attack, and the contrasting recent form of the two sides makes it difficult to see anything other than a Chile win over Colombia at Soldier Field. 10/3 for Alexis Sanchez to score and Chile to win looks the most-likeliest of outcomes as it has been throughout this summer’s Copa America Centenario in truth.