Bielsa cuts Chile World Cup Squad down by another five

19th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Chile have wielded the axe to their provisional squad, as coach Marcelo Bielsa has cut five more players from the squad. That leaves just two players from the remaining bunch to be cut to leave the final 23 man squad which he will take with him to South Africa. The goalkeeping spots have now been finalised and there are fourteen European based players in the squad at the moment, including Gonzalo Jara, a defender from West Brom. Midfielder Manuel Iturra has failed to make the cut, after getting sent off in an international friendly defeat against Mexico, after a dangerous tackle. 10 man Chile lost 1-0 to the busy Mexicans, in Mexico, who go on to face England at Wembley on May 24th. Chile kick off their World Cup fixtures against Honduras on June 16th, and the South American side are attracting a lot of betting interest.

Chile, one of the teams participating in the World Cup in Group H, are being fancied strongly for the title of dark horses of the competition. Bielsa has built an incredibly strong team spirit after taking charge of the nation for the qualification campaign, and while it took some time to get things the way he wanted in terms of tactics, by the end, Chile were simply flourishing. They finished as runner’s up to qualification winners Brazil, pushed into second place by just one point, and that should make them a strong runner. The World Cup draw was not that kind to them however, as they landed in a group with tournament favourites Spain.

Still, betting on Chile at the World Cup to get out of Group H looks to be something of a decent bet, as the main challengers, in what is likely to be a race for second spot, will be Switzerland. Chile do have good organisation, and are probably better prepared than they have ever been for taking on the World Cup. The second spot in Group H will land a second round match against the winners of Group G, which is likely to be Brazil, so there are no easy routes to the final for Chile. Their trump card could be from the strength that Bielsa brings to the side, and with a strong attacking flair, there is a serious chance that they could be in the running for the second round.

Chile squad:
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo, Miguel Pinto, Luis Marin
Defenders: Roberto Cereceda, Pablo Contreras, Ismael Fuentes, Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Waldo Ponce, Arturo Vidal
Midfielders: Carlos Carmona, Marco Estrada, Matias Fernandez, Gonzalo Fierro, Rodrigo Millar, Rodrigo Tello, Jorge Valdivia
Forwards: Jean Beausejour, Mark Gonzalez, Hector Mancilla, Fabian Orellana, Esteban Paredes, Alexis Sanchez, Humberto Suazo

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