Brazil vs Chile
|Date & Time||Thursday October 8, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chile 7/5 Draw 5/2 Brazil 9/5
One of the games of the week on the International stage will see Brazil travel to Chile to take on the Copa America Champions in the first of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Chile were excellent during the Copa America and deservedly ended the tournament as Champions after beating Argentina on a penalty shoot out. Unfortunately for the home team though they will be missing one of their biggest influences as Arturo Vidal is struggling with a knee injury and looks likely to miss out. Alexis Sanchez though has found his form at the right time scoring five in his last two league games with Arsenal. Chile will be well protected in the midfield by Isla and Medel and their solid defence will be trying to bottle up Brazil's midfield.
Brazil themselves are missing the suspended Neymar as the Brazilian playmaker picked up a stragiht red in a Copa America game against Colombia. Without Neymar the Brazilian coach Dunga will look to Chelsea playmaker Oscar and Willian to replace Neymar's attacking intent. Douglas Costa, Kaka and Hulk will also be key figures for Brazil as they look to get off to a good start in the qualfying campaign. After a disappointing World Cup and subsequent Copa America Brazil need a good campaign here to get themselves back up the rankings in FIFA.
For me if Vidal was playing I would be all over Chile here as I think they are far better as a team than Brazil but given his absence I think I am just going to go with both teams to score. Both squads have lots of attacking talent and at home Chile will fancy their chances of beating Brazil, but likewise I think Brazil feel like they have something to prove here and will go all out for the win against the Copa America Champions.