Group stage vs Chile by JerryDrake
GROUP B - NOT TO QUALIFY: CHILE
In the Group B of the World Cup Spain and Netherlands are favorite to qualify to next stage. The winner will probably avoid Brazil if we take for granted that Brazil will arrive first in their group. Spain and Holland will probably decide the first and second place in the first encounter as they meet each other.
Chile should start with a victory with Australia but then they will have it difficult in the 2nd and 3rd game where they will play with Spain first and Holland in the last game. The match between Holland and Chile on June 23 could be decisive for the qualification.
Until some weeks ago Chile had much more chances to qualify. With the injury suffered by Arturo Vidal things are not so sure anymore. It is not sure if he will be available and how fit will he be after recovering from his injury. Chile can count on a great attack (Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas) but the defense could at the end not be strong enough to avoid two defeats with Spain and Holland. Chile conceded 25 goals in the qualification stage, 9 more than Ecuador and only 1 less than Peru.
Netherlands are stronger than Chile and for me it will be Spain and Netherlands to qualify. Still, I will sing „Chile Chile Chile Salas Salas Salas Mata Mata-dor“ (even without Salas, this chant is wonderful). My betting has nothing to do with my personal sympathy for the teams, I hope the readers understand this. If Chile want to qualify, they must beat Australia in the first match and Spain in the second match and not wait for the third match.
Bet: Group B - To qualify for Round of 16 - „NO“: Chile, odds: 1.82 Marathonbet, stake: 8/1
|To qualify: no||Marathonbet||1.82||8||Yes LOST (-8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.