Brazil v Chile Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Monday, 28th June
Brazil v Chile Betting Odds
Brazil failed to score in a group match for the first time since 1978 as they closed out Group G as winners. They ran out a 0-0 draw with Portugal, in a match which the Portuguese basically did enough, and that was it. Games like this will come and go at the World Cup group stage, this is because the Portuguese knew that a draw would be enough to see them through, so rightly they would set their stall out not to lose as opposed for pressing for the win. Brazil look different in style of play, but just as proficient and full of quality as they have been in the past. Coach Dunga has set up the national side well, as they continue forward looking to remain the only team to win the World Cup outside of their own continent. Their next encounter at South Africa 2010 is against familiar South American team, Chile. The two sides last met at the World Cup in 1998, when Brazil ran out 4-1 winners in the last sixteen. Brazil also had the drop over Chile during South American qualification, as the Brazil beat them 3-0 in Santiago, and then 4-2 back in Brazil. This will mean that Brazil really will have nothing much to fear from the Chileans, who finished one point behind the five time World Champions in qualification. With all of the South American teams going so well at the tournament so far, this is a heavyweight clash between two of the best.
Brazil will welcome back both Kaka and Elano who were missing from the line up against Portugal. Now Brazil can simply look forward, as they will be expecting to meet Holland in the quarter finals in a mouth watering match. But first the need to keep their heads composed as they take on Chile in a match in which they will start as favourites. Brazil have looked untroubled through their three group matches, even though they themselves played out something of a cautious match against Portuguese, with nothing really at stake. Still, they could not be beaten and now just four matches stand between them and regaining the World Cup title. As expected, Brazil have not been as expansive as teams from the past, but that is a deliberate change made by coach Dunga as he fulcrums the team around defensive midfielder Gilberto Silva, who has the highest passing completion rate in the tournament so far. Brazil are very solid in the middle of the park, and the way they keep the ball from the opposition is still to be admired. Just because they set up in a more defensive manner than before, it does not mean that they are any weaker going forward than they are expected to be. Their passing and their movement off the ball, is still better than most teams in the World, they are simply a little more selective about their choices. They really do not have, and certainly have not shown any weaknesses at all. Brazil have a lot of strength in their full backs getting forward, thanks to the holding players in midfield, and that should push Chile back. It is what gives them an extra dimension, and a confident Brazil, which they are looking, will be a tough prospect to beat.
There is a certain enigma about Chile at the World Cup this year. They came in a hotly tipped dark horses, and qualified as expected with Spain from their group. While they have been one of the more entertaining teams to watch because of their positive approach to the game, they have not quite hit their full potential. While they won their opening two matches against Honduras and Switzerland, they really could have been more clinical and ruthless in their approach. They have also been the most ill disciplined team at the World Cup, and that was their downfall in their critical final group match against Spain. After having a player sent off and falling behind in the match, Chile fell apart after looking the stronger of the two teams at the start. If they can hold their composure and stick to what they do best, in passing the ball around at speed, and taking bold chances in getting forward, they should be able to give Brazil a match. However, they will know their foes well after being completely over ran by them twice during South American qualification, so do they have the tools to upset the record books, and the World Cup betting odds at the same time?
To Chile’s credit, they clawed their way back into the match against Spain, albeit with a deflected shot. But they showed a willingness to fight for each other, and if they had kept 11 men on the pitch, it could have been a much more interesting game. They will know that they are only in the second round thanks to Switzerland’s inability to score a goal against Honduras, which spared Chile’s blushes. Now, the question is, can coach Marcelo Bielsa pick his men up to take on the mighty Brazil. They will go into the match as underdogs, but one thing about Bielsa, is that he is not afraid of making decisions, he is not afraid of changing personnel and tactics to adapt to the situation. The loss against Spain, and the manner in which it came about, will have been highly disappointing to the coach. Not having a great record against Brazil either, losing their only two encounter in World Cup history, which includes the semi final in ‘62, will mean that Chile will have to chase the game a lot. There was enough from the team to suggest that they can cause problems, but what they have produced so far, does not look quite enough to take down Brazil. Saying that, Chile are a more balanced side than they have ever been. If they are bold in their plans, they are one of the teams best suited to take on Brazil, because they will match them for attacking pace and are one of the few teams which could press the Brazilians back.
Brazil v Chile Betting Tip: Both teams to score 5/4 at Bet365
Current Brazil V Chile Odds: