Chile v Australia Betting
2014 World Cup - Group B - Chile 3 - 1 Australia
13th June - KO: 11pm BST -
Spain and Netherlands may be the two high-profile names in Group B but South American natives Chile got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba on Friday beating Australia 3-1.
Under manager Jorge Sampaoli Chile have moulded into a slick side who employ attractive, high-tempo football. In the last year La Roja have emerged as a real force and are fully capable of going far at the 2014 World Cup. They enjoyed a stunning 2013, beating the likes of England and Uruguay, while also playing out impressive 2-2 draws with big boys Brazil and Spain.
Meanwhule Australia arrive in Brazil more in hope than expectation. The Socceroos were the lowest team to qualify for the tournament and are undoubtedly the underdogs of Group B but, with the other three teams expected to battle it out for 1st and 2nd, they could prove to be a nasty thorn in the side. They will be playing in their third consecutive World Cup, with their best finish back in Germany 2006 when they suffered a heartbreaking controversial exit to eventual winners Italy in the last-16.
Chile are set to start the match as clear favourites, although Australia are sure to be a big danger and should not be underestimatde. La Roja can currently be backed at just over evens to finish in the top two, while the boys from Down Under are a 20/1 long shot to make it through to the knockout stages for only the second time.
|Friday 13th June|
|11.00pm||Chile v Australia||Betting Preview|
|Tips:||Last goal scored over 73 minutes @ 10/11|
|Sending off in the match @ 5/2|
|Eduardo Vargas to score first @ 11/2|
Head to Head
- International Friendly: 9th February 2000 - Chile 2-1 Australia
- World Cup 1974: 22nd June 1974 - Australia 0-0 Chile
Alexis Sanchez (Chile) - The striker known as "El Nino Maravilla" (Wonder boy) is undoubtedly Chile's main man. The immensely talented Barcelona hitman has won an abundance of trophies at club level and will now be looking to inspire his country on the biggest stage of them all. His goals will be crucial to La Roja's success in Brazil, and he is definitely worth considering as a 66/1 outsider to win the Golden Boot.
Robbie Kruse (Australia) - Tim Cahill has been Australia's stand-out player for years but the dangerous striker Robbie Kruse is definitely a player to keep an eye on in the summer. The former Australian PFA Footballer of the Year is currently playing his football in Germany at Bayer Leverkusen and definitely has the game to cause defenders problems in South America.