Chile – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Jorge Sampaoli
Captain: Claudio Bravo
FIFA World Ranking: 15
World Cup Appearances: 9
Best World Cup: Third Place – 1962
Chile Team Profile
Chile have a formidable record when it comes to qualifying for World Cup’s, with South Africa 2014 set to be their tenth appearance in the competition often touted as the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet. Once again, Chile come into the finals in tremendous form and full of optimism after finishing the South American round of qualifying in 3rd position, just four points shy of qualification winners Argentina.
Despite only being ranked 15 in the FIFA Rankings, Chile were comfortable qualifiers. Only Argentina could better Chile’s scoring exploits of 29 goals in 16 qualifiers in what was a prolific qualification campaign for the Chileans. Defensively they were not at the races, but it speaks volumes about their attack and positive play that they qualified easily.
Marcelo Bielsa has gone but his ethos of playing positive and tactically astute football lives on with Chile. During the 2013 calendar year, Chile lost just two of 13 matches, one qualifier match away at Peru and one friendly against Brazil. They took a draw against Spain and beat England at Wembley during that run of games, so they are no slouches and have the technical ability to compete with the best in the world.
Nicknames: La Roja (The Red One)
Argentinean Jorge Sampaoli took charge of teh national side back in 2012 after Macelo Bielsa parted company. While relatively unknown and certainly not as familiar of a face as Biesla in world football, the ethics between Sampaoli and his predecessor are similar. They book like to play attacking football, even if means a bit of a sacrifice in defence.
Sampaoli has been around the blocks in the last decade, managing South American clubs, and he moved from Universidad de Chile to the biggest job of his career, charged with taking Chile to the 2014 World Cup. Mission achieved, and now it will be another big test in his fledgling international managerial career, but he will send out an entertaining side, one full of energy and high-pressing of defences up the pitch.
Chile Key Players
There are some great attacking talents in the squad, and 33 year old Humberto Suazo, may still have a role to play at the World Cup because of his predatory instincts. He,generally receives most of the plaudits because of the sheer amount of goals he’s scores, but the baton has been passed over the past couple of years.
Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez is one of the more familiar names in the line up and the 25 year old should be heavily involved in their goals. His experience at top level football will carry a lot of weight in leading the line for Chile at Brazil 2014. Eduaro Vargas plays a fantastic support role in the side as well and has a great scoring record for his country.
In the heart of the midfield, Matias Fernandez will keep things ticking over for them. He has a great knack of popping up with important goals as well. Fernandez plays the role of architect to perfection, squeezing balls through to the likes of Alexis Sanchez, an explosive and tricky customer who will look to put his blistering pace and acceleration to good effect by sprinting to the touchline and whipping in some delicious deliveries.
Chile were very prolific throughout qualifying, so we feel their obvious strength is their attacking play. So attack is definitely the big strength of Chile and the great thing about them is that they are able to sustain it for long periods. Even when they are pushed back, they have tremendous pace on the break, so are big dangers. They also play a very high-tempo pressing game as well and don’t give opponents much breathing space.
Chile’s defence appears to be their Achilles heels as they conceded more goals in qualifying than any of the other four South American nations who made it to Brazil through automatic qualification. Chile conceded 25 goals in their 16 qualifying games, zonal winners Argentina shipped just 15, Colombia 13 and Ecuador 16. Puts it into conext and shows how much they really need their attack to be firing at all times. You don’t’ expect them to come with many clean sheets.
Chile Qualification for the World Cup
Sector: South America
Finishing Position: 3rd
Goals Scored: 29
Goals Conceded: 25
World Cup Potential: 3/5
The Chileans won’t be a team the bigger nations will ideally look forward to playing, while the group they were drawn in Group B, against Spain, Holland and Australia. If they get their attacking game going then they are going to pose some big threats and won’t be afraid of the big European challenges in the group. If they can get the right balance, Chile could be one of the tournament’s surprise packages. They are definite value and could quite easily make light of their 50/1 quote.
Chile World Cup Betting Odds
Chile to win the World Cup: 50/1 – Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Chile were 66/1
Chile World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group B
|Fr 13th June||20.00||Spain v Holland||1:5|
|Fr 13th June||23.00||Chile v Australia||3:1|
|We 18th June||17.00||Australia v Holland||2:3|
|We 18th June||20.00||Spain v Chile||0:2|
|Mo 23rd June||17.00||Australia v Spain||0:3|
|Mo 23rd June||17.00||Holland v Chile||2:0|
Brazil World Cup 2014 – Round of the last 16
|Sa 28th June||17.00||Brazil v Chile||4:3|
World Cup 2014 Group B Table