2014 FIFA World Cup: Chile vs. Australia Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/14
World Cup: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 18:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Chile -222 See the Latest Odds
Chile looks to earn their keep on the international stage with a strong tournament and they kick things off with a date against the underwhelming Australians.
The Socceroos head into this tournament as a massive underdog to not only advance through the group stage but to even secure a victory at all and for good reason as they’re the whipping boy in a group of world powers. Australian football has caused headaches for other nations on the world stage in recent memory including the United States but I think the novelty has worn off a bit with this side and I think they’ll be hard pressed to earn a point in what many are considering a three game vacation for this side. Tim Cahill remains a mainstay of Australian football and will lead his country into the World Cup once again and while he has shifted to the MLS with the New York Red Bulls he is still capable of changing the outcome of a contest but unfortunately for him and the Australian side they have to play against Spain, Holland, and an upstart Chilean side that many are considering a dark horse in this tournament.
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Chile seems to fly under the radar in what is a football crazy continent of South America as the likes of Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and even Paraguay dominate the headlines and trophy cases but this looks as good a year as any for the Chileans to put their stamp on the world stage. Chile are coming off an impressive friendly victory over the English which really highlighted their chances of advancing past the group stage and with their lightning quick counter attack and strength in the middle this could be a side that simply outruns and outworks their opponent. Alexi Sanchez will be the focal point of this Chilean team as he and Arturo Vidal will be leaned on heavily to put the ball in the net but also to control the ball and fend off their opponent’s counter and while their schedule only gets tougher from here I expect a strong start to the tournament for Chile especially with their outcome against the Aussies going a long way in determining their fate in the group stage.