How Chile can be seeded at the World Cup finals for Russia 2018
Chile have had a great few years, winning back-to-back Copa America titles. But a poor run of form, which has seen them win only five of 14 competitive fixtures in the last 12 months, means they are struggling to be seeded for the 2018 World Cup finals draw on Dec. 1.
Russia will be seeded as hosts, and joined by the top seven qualifiers based upon the October FIFA World Ranking, which is published after the next round of qualifiers.
But how can this be achieved by Chile in the Dec. 1 group-stage draw?
1. Win in Brazil
Chile can only realistically get enough ranking points to be in contention if they beat Brazil in Sao Paulo. That will give them 1,256 ranking points, and mean they can be no lower than seventh in the October ranking -- so they will be guarantee to be seeded.
Dale Johnson has been an editor and journalist at ESPN for 18 years. You can follow him on Twitter @dalejohnsonESPN.