Chile vs Australia by Kamlesh

Chile have demonstrated great form in their friendlies of last year and this year. Last year, they drew with Spain (2-2), defeated England (0-2) and this year, they lost to Germany (2-1) but they have shown that they are consistent in their performances, winning against Egypt and Nothern Ireland in their last two friendlies. Scoring goals is usually not a problem for them as they generally score in almost all their games. Chile play attacking football and they will keep the ball in possession while pressing high up the field. In midfield, they have the Juventus maestro midfielder Arturo Vidal while in attack, they have Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona) and Eduardo Vargas (Valencia). Vidal is doubtful but he is expected to play as he trained well without any problems. Quoting the words of Chile midfielder Gary Medel, he said: "Arturo Vidal trained like the rest of us. He did a good job and did not have any pain in his knee."


Probable Line-Up:


Chile: Bravo (GK); Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena, Vidal, Diaz, Aranguiz, Valdivia, Sanchez, Vargas


Australia are the underdogs in this difficult group which include Spain, Netherlands and Chile. Australia possess the weakest squad in this group. Most of the players in the team lack experience and quality at this level. Around seven players in the squad form part of A-League clubs (Australia) and A-League football competition is considered rather weak. Their best players are striker Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) and midfielder Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace). Australia have performed rather poorly in their last 3 friendlies, losing to Ecuador, South Africa and Croatia. Last year, they were thrashed by Brazil and France (6-0). They usually have problems in defence as they concede goals easily.


Probable Line-Up:


Australia: Ryan (GK); Spiranovic, Franjic, Davidson, Wilkinson, Milligan, Jedinak, Leckie, Bresciano, Oar, Cahill


Only winning matters here for Chile as in their next matches, they will have to play against Spain and Netherlands and these are very difficult games for them. As such, expect Chile to go all out for a win and in my opinion, they are much better than Australia in all fronts.


From a betting perspective, I think Chile will win both the first half and the second half as they know how to score goals. The bet is available at Bet365 under "Specials" - Chile to win both halves at 3.75


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Chile to win both halves Bet365 3.75 8 3-1 WON (+22 units)
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