CHILE v AUSTRALIA BETTING PREVIEWIn qualifying for the World Cup, Chile finished extremely strongly unbeaten in the final six games of which they won five. As a result they have ended in third place in the group and booked their place in Brazil.
As for the friendlies, they were seconds away from beating Spain in September before conceding in injury time to draw 2-2, while they comfortably overcame England 2-0 at Wembley in November and only narrowly lost out 2-1 to Brazil five days later.
Chile are hoping star midfielder Arturo Vidal is fit and able to play. Alexis Sanchez should partner Eduardo Vargas up front in Jorge Sampaoli's 3-5-2.
Australia probably wouldn’t have seen a lot of World Cup action if they hadn’t been allowed to move to Asian Zone of the World Cup qualifiers. However, with the current squad arguably the weakest in years, that looks like a mission impossible. After the 6-0 defeat in a friendly against France in October, Australia coach Holger Osieck was sacked and replaced by Ange Postecoglou. Warm up results include a 1-0 defeat to Croatia and a 1-1 draw at home to an under strength South Africa.
The players selected by Postecoglou are clearly lacking in experience and quality with 13 of those 23 that have 10 caps or less. Experienced striker Tim Cahill will lead the Socceroos' attack while veteran midfielder Mark Bresciano is doubtful with a back injury.
There are concerns about Chile's defense. Jorge Sampaoli's men conceded 1.56 goals per game in the qualifiers, more than any other of the 32 participants in theWorld Cup. Anyway, Despite Vidal's injury, Chile's attacking quality should be enough to see off an inexperienced Australia side.
CHILE v AUSTRALIA PROBABLE LINEUPSChile (3-4-3): Bravo; Jara, Medel, Gonzalez; Isla, Vidal, Diaz, Beausejour; Sanchez, Vargas, Fernandez.
Australia (4-3-3): Ryan; Franjic, Spiranovic, McGowan, Davidson; Milligan, Jedinak, Bresciano; Halloran, Cahill, Oar.
CHILE v AUSTRALIA TEAM FORMChile
5 Jun 2014 Chile 2 - 0 Northern Ireland
31 May 2014 Chile 3 - 2 Egypt
5 Mar 2014 Germany 1 - 0 Chile
23 Jan 2014 Chile 4 - 0 Costa Rica
20 Nov 2013 Brazil 2 - 1 Chile
15 Nov 2013 England 0 - 2 Chile
7 Jun 2014 Croatia 1 - 0 Australia
26 May 2014 Australia 1 - 1 South Africa
5 Mar 2014 Australia 3 - 4 Ecuador
19 Nov 2013 Australia 1 - 0 Costa Rica
15 Oct 2013 Canada 0 - 3 Australia
11 Oct 2013 France 6 - 0 Australia
CHILE v AUSTRALIA BEST ODDS
|CHILE|| 1.50 with||Bet £10, win £15.00|
|THE DRAW|| 4.50 with||Bet £10, win £43.30|
|AUSTRALIA|| 9.00 with||Bet £10, win £90.00|
CHILE v AUSTRALIA PREDICTIONS
- Chile -1 Handicap @ 2.40
- Over 2,5 goals @ 2.11
- 3-0 Correct Score @ 12.00
- Vargas anytime goalscorer @ 3.00
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