Top Picks: Riveting matchups of the second International break
Sportsbet.io enlists and previews the top fixtures of the season’s second international break.
The sporting world takes a short detour from domestic football to welcome the latest round of the international schedule. The likes of England, Spain, and Italy aim to preserve their unbeaten run in UEFA Euro qualifiers while the elite class of South America renews hostilities on a ‘friendly’ note.
Here are the significant matchups of the October international window.
GERMANY v ARGENTINA (Friendly)
Ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifying schedule, former World Cup winners, Germany entertains eternal rivals Argentina at the Signal Iduna Park. Die Mannschaft has lost just once this year and will aim at picking up a positive result against La Albiceleste, who romped off to a 4-2 win in the last ‘friendly’ meeting.
Argentina, without skipper Lionel Messi, plays Germany in their penultimate international fixture of 2019. Lautaro Martinez is expected to headline the attack and will be supported by Paulo Dybala, who struck his first league goal of the campaign against Inter Milan on the weekend.
INDIA v BANGLADESH (World Cup qualifier)
India, with a draw and loss from their opening qualifier fixtures, squares off against neighbours Bangladesh at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium. The Blue Tigers put up a defensive show against hosts Qatar in their last game, and head coach Igor Stimac wants his team to play courageously next Tuesday.
The Bengal Tigers, meanwhile, play the first of two high-profile clashes in five days against Qatar before making the trip to face India at Kolkata. With the squad mostly comprising of players under the age of 23, coach Jamie Day is optimistic his team can put up a challenge against India, who are the outright favourites in the matchup.
COLOMBIA v CHILE (Friendly)
The South American giants lock horns for the first time since the quarterfinals of the 2019 Copa America, which Chile won on penalties. Colombia’s goalscoring duties will be taken up by Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, who has earned a call-up after registering 14 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions, this term.
Chile, on the other hand, haven’t lost to Los Cafeteros since 2012 but are currently on a rough patch, having lost three of their last four games. Alexis Sanchez, La Roja’s all-time leading scorer, has capped a fair start to life at Inter Milan and will be tasked to bring about a change in fortunes for Chile, courtesy a match-winning display against Colombia on Saturday.
Words: William Paul