International Friendly: Chile V Northern Ireland

30th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Chile V Northern Ireland

Sunday, 30th May – 20:30 GMT
International Friendly


The Chile national team will have another chance to woo their Chilean supporters when they take on Northern Ireland at Estadio Muncipal Nelson Arena in Chile later this evening in a fixture they will surely fancy their chances of not only winning but winning emphatically.

What awaits Marcelo Bielsa’s team is a Northern Ireland side who weren’t a million miles away from securing qualification themselves. The Irish were five points short of the required points tally needed to snatch a route into the play-off’s, although at one stage held the lead in Group C in the European sector, looking down upon the likes of Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland and Czech Republic. Nigel Worthington’s men had their poor away showings to blame for their shortcomings, picking up the solitary win on the road against minnows San Marino.

The Northern Ireland coach, Nigel Worthington, is expected to name a similar side to that which lost to Turkey in the United States during the week. A team which was vastly inexperienced and lacking any sort of ‘big time’ game credentials, with a large number plying their trade over in Ireland. With Worthington set to take the same approach, testing some of his younger talent ahead of Euro 2010 qualifying later this year, you might be forgiven for thinking NI will be out of their depths against a ruthless Chile.

Whereas Northern Ireland are aiming to avoid registering four defeats in four internationals, Chile will look to build further on some booming confidence in camp sustained from their comfortable 3-0 win over Zambia last week. The Chileans were prolific during qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring nearly as many goals as the South American World Cup kings Brazil. They’re a team which rely on some cut-throat attacking play, using the pace and trickery of their two wingers on either flank, Fernandez and Sanchez, and the clinical, precision finishing of Humberto Suazo in the central-striker role.

With the 3-0 victory over African’s Zambia in mind, and with the finals drawing ever nearer, Bielsa may consider experimenting with his formation and players, especially as this game with Northern Ireland should be a walk in the park. Even so, Chile will want to carry on their building of momentum mission and will definitely set out to win this game, thus taking a winning run into the finals, where they’ll meet Honduras on June 16th.


Match Odds:

Chile – 1.36 SkyBet
Draw – 5.00 WilliamHill
Northern Ireland – 9.50 Boylesports

Anything less than a straightforward win and Bielsa will be concerned. Northern Ireland were poor against Turkey and perhaps should have lost by a far greater margin. Chile on the other hand took a while to get going against Zambia and didn’t score a single goal in the opening half of the game. Bielsa will demand a high-tempo display from his players right from the off, although even we’re in the dark in regards to who might play for Chile this evening. If the dangerous forward trio of Fernandez Sanchez and Suazo all play then NI could be in for a long night.

Chile to cantor to victory (Half-Time/Full-Time) – 2.00 StanJames

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