After eight months out through a mysterious ankle injury, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery is poised for a return to action.
Tim Vickery wonders why Chile's most successful clubs have been unable to repeat their domestic success on the continental stage.
Ecuador sit atop the south American qualifying standards - a reflection of the improving standards of the continent's smaller nations.
Lyng ninth place out of ten in their World Cup qualifying group, Argentina cannot aford to drop too many more points.
The Argentina-Brazil showdown has been eagerly anticipated, but the big match in South America is taking place in Quito where Ecuador face Uruguay.
Title success for Boca Juniors and further north, Corinthians are on course for another triumph.
Tim Vickery questions the wisdom of celebrating a centenary of South American football by staging a tournament in North America.
Qualification for the 2018 World Cup for both Brazil and Argentina is not guaranteed.
Tim Vickery looks at Brazil's World Cup qualifying defeat to Chile and wonders why Dunga was reappointed.
Brazil will be without Neymar for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Brazil, but it is the loss of Charles Aranguiz that could be more significant.