“El Loco” Bielsa betting on Chile’s teamwork at World Cup

3rd May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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If their qualification process from the South American zone is any indication of how they may perform at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then Chile could be earmarked in World Cup odds as one of the most promising underdogs. Chile finished in second place in qualifying, just one point behind Brazil, and they will take with them a lot of hope into their Group H action in South Africa. One of the visible strengths of the Chile national side in reaching the World Cup finals, was their clear understanding of teamwork, and playing to a system where everyone new instinctively where they should be, and where their team-mates would be lurking.

Coached by Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa, Chile have a distinctive flair going forward, which should cause their Group H opponents, namely Spain, Switzerland and Honduras, a great deal of problems. The players of Chile are keen to put all of their success down to the strengths of Bielsa’s system, which took some time to adapt to, but has now made them a force to be reckoned with. Former Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez is looking forward to the World Cup with great affinity, Chile’s first appearance on the world stage since 1998. Gonzalez has personal ties with South Africa, as he was born there, before his parents took him back to Chile. He will be a key influence in one of the strongest underdog teams participating in World Cup 2010.

Naturally Spain, who were recently knocked off the top of FIFA World Rankings by Brazil, will be the team to beat in Group H, and perhaps the tournament itself. With the strength of the Spaniards, World Cup odds has Chile in a close race with Switzerland, to battle it out for second spot in the group, which would see them safely through to the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. If anyone can take a point off Spain in Group H, they will be setting themselves up for success, but wit h Chile’s final group match coming against the European Champions, Chile will know by that stage, just how much work they will have to do. Nothing is to be taken for granted in the World Cup, and therefore Chile will back themselves to cause some upsets.

Shopping around at the best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup, will show that Chile are a good price, although their path to the deeper parts of the competition won’t be easy. If they finish second in the group, it would likely set them up with another encounter with familiar South American opponents, Brazil, in what could be a fascinating match. The Brazilians beat Chile twice in qualification.


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