Chile dealt a significant blow with forward Suazo

3rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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The World Cup is less than a fortnight away for Chile, who kick-off their South Africa adventure against Honduras on June 16th in Nelspruit. Preparations are well under way and Marcelo Bielsa has already seen his players in action on several occasions in recent friendly internationals against Mexico, Zambia, Northern Ireland and Israel. Ironically, though, it was the last of the four against Israel where their star man, the play which scored a large proportion of their goals during qualifying, picked up a hamstring injury which looks likely to keep him out of action for Chile’s opening Group H encounters against Honduras and Switzerland.

Humberto Suazo is 29 years-old, just 5ft 7incs tall and spent the remainder of last season on loan with Real Zaragoza in Spain while the Mexico Primera was on a break. Suazo notched six goals in seventeen appearances while at Zaragoza, but it was his prolific scoring form during Chile’s eighteen qualifiers which impressed everyone, with Suazo netting ten times during qualifying and finishing as the joint-leading goalscorer in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, an honoured shared with Greek forward Theofanis Gekas.

Chile were never going too many huge wagers on them to win South Africa’s edition of the World Cup in 2010, but their forward aggression combined with some talented individuals does mean they will be a popular E/W selection in South Africa. After all, they finished second only to Brazil in the amount of goals scored during qualifying, racking up a more than impressive tally of 33 goals in just 18 qualifiers. Chile were also done a massive favour by being drawn in arguably the weakest group in terms of qualifying competition. EURO 2008 winners Spain are in their group and remain the strong favourites to win the group, but the Spanish are the only team Chile will fear this summer, as Honduras and Switzerland aren’t huge footballing nations. Progression into the knock-outs will be the objective and it’s one they really should achieve.

Many, including us, were pinpointing Humberto Suazo as a possible Golden Boot contender at big odds. In a team which focuses all it’s forward impotence on Suazo, with Fernandez and Sanchez on the wings providing a constant stream of passes, through-balls and crosses, a side which knows only one way to play football and that’s attacking. And with the group Chile are in, Suazo was expected to score a couple in games with Honduras and Switzerland. However, the irony now is he will miss both leaving his opportunity to score in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Spain, and without his presence and eye for goal up front, that could actually be Chile’s final game of the tournament. Either way, a tasty outsider for the 2010 FIFA Golden Boot has gone sour, and it’s a shame because we genuinely had high hopes for Suazo springing a surprise.

Humberto Suazo will miss Chile’s games against Honduras and Switzerland.

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