Chile v Spain Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Friday, 25th June (Group H)

23rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

Spain v Chile Betting Odds

Spain to win: 8/15 at Coral
Draw: 10/3 at Ladbrokes
Chile to win: 13/2 at Paddy Power

Spain

Just one point from their final match and Chile will cause one of the biggest surprises at the World Cup by winning Group H ahead of Spain. Spain were famously undone in their first 2010 FIFA World Cup fixture by a dogged and determined Switzerland, who beat the pre tournament favourites 1-0. Now Spain have a mighty battle against Chile in their final match, to get the three points they need to guarantee qualification. Spain recovered from their opening loss with a 2-0 victory over Honduras. While it was not emphatic, it was a very comfortable victory in which Spain could have had treble the amount of goals they scored. Star Striker David Villa missed the opportunity to become his country’s leading goal scorer in history, as he missed his chance at a hat trick from the penalty spot, but looked very sharp throughout the match. Spain played exactly the same way they did against the Swiss, with fantastic pace, fantastic movement and passing ability. But still they may be rueing just why they are missing so many chances in front of goal. They have already been bitten once in their opening match, and it is something which m ay seriously come back to haunt them. They were supposed to be pretty much home and dry in the group by now, but instead they face a high pressured match against their toughest opponents in the group.

Chile top the group with six points, with Spain back on three. A win will not be a formality for the Spanish, as Chile have looked one of the most impressive teams at the tournament so far. They have not been spectacular, but they have been very, very good, and this final group H match should be the best of all the group matches that have been, and will be played. This is simply a mouth watering match, with a lot on the line, as Spain really need a victory to guarantee themselves a place in the last sixteen. A draw may not be good enough, and a defeat certainly won’t, as Switzerland are level on points with Spain, but they play the group outsiders Honduras in a match the Europeans will be expected to win. There is a scenario here that Spain, Chile and Switzerland will all end up on six points if the Spanish and the Swiss win their matches. Then it will all come down to goal difference, and even that is too tight to call at the moment. But before all that, Spain’s Vicente Del Bosque needs to focus on how to defeat Chile, who haven’t conceded a goal yet. Spain certainly need to be a bit sharper in front of goal, and they will hope to get Iniesta back into the line up if he is recovered from injury, as Liverpool striker  Fernando Torres does not look match sharp at all. Del Bosque said after the Honduras victory, that he wants more from his players, more from his team. He will be worried against the scoring chances which have gone begging, as they may not get many of them against the tough Chilean defence. Spain’s World Cup is on the line, and expect this to be a fantastic match.

Spain World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W1, D0, L1
GF/GA: 2/1
Cards: Y0, R0
Most Shots: David Villa, 9
Top Scorer: David Villa 2
Shots/On Goal: 46/16
Fouls Committed: 17
Total Passes: 1315
Pass Completion: 77%

Chile

They are justifying their position as one of the World Cup dark horses. They have been playing some fantastic football under coach Marcelo Bielsa, and they look a tough nut to crack. It was said that they would come to the World Cup with a strong defence, but it has not really been tested so far, because their midfielders and attackers have been stealing the limelight. The way Chile play is a joy to watch. They are a positive side which use a lot creativity to get themselves into advanced positions behind the defence. While they are team which like to attack at pace, there does not appear to be any sacrifice when it comes to defensive duties, and that is something which will pose Spain problems. Chile have the midfield which will really test the physical and mental attributes of the Spanish, and if Chile hit their stride going forward, the Spanish defence will come under threat from the air and from the wings. There is not a harder working team at the World Cup than Chile, and they look as if they have got their form and their build up just right for the big stage.

They look a big threat down the left hand side, and pass the ball around with some aplomb. This will be a clash of two very good passing sides, and not only is there a top spot at place, the winner of Group H will be able to avoid playing Brazil in the next round. Now more than ever will the Spanish be feeling the pressure of expectancy, and it is they who have to take the initiative in the game and go for the win. But Chile coach Bielsa, who will happily tinker with his formation and tactics all afternoon, is not to be trifled with. They are not a side packed with household names to fans of European football, but for a side who finished just one point behind Brazil in South American qualification, they need to watched out for. Chile have the advantage in this match, but knowing that a draw will suffice, and if they need to shut up shop for 85 minutes of the match, then that is what they will do. That may not be their best strengths, but they should be able to match and counter attack whatever Spain can throw at them. This is a finely balanced match, which the European Champions need to up their game for.

Chile World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W2, D0, L0
GF/GA: 2/0
Cards: Y8, R0
Most Shots: Alexis Sanchez, 9
Top Scorer: Mark Gonzalez, Jean Beausejour, 1
Shots/On Goal: 40/12
Fouls Committed: 40
Total Passes: 1096
Pass Completion: 75%

Asian Handicap Betting Tip: Spain will start as favourites, simply because they are such a good side. But the odds on a Chile win look to be a little exaggerated. They are a good side which will battle hard and cause Spain a lot of problems. Chile holding out for a draw is certainly not out of the question on this one. Spain may just edge this one, with their quality and class winning out at the end of the day. It won’t be easy and they will know that they have been in a scrap.
Chile +1 for 11/10 at Bet365

 

 

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