Spain vs Chile 06/18/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Group B Pick and Preview
Chile vs Spain
Wednesday 18th June 2014 20:00(GMT)
The Line: Spain 3/4 Draw 5/2 Chile 4/1 See the Latest Odds
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Spain took an awful beating in the first game of the group but they were the architects of their own downfall with two many defensive lapses. Pique and Ramos were at sea against the Dutch and Iker Casillas had an off day of epic proportions. With so many good players in this spanish squad though it would be crazy to write off the defending Champions. Diego Costa, Torres, Fabregas, Silva, Iniesta and Koke there is far too much talent here for Spainto be "done" as lots of writers are claiming. Del Bosque now has a tough decision to make, he must drop Xavi and go with some youth in the middle someone with more legs.
Chile on the other hand opened their World Cup with a 3-1 win over Australia, while the reuslt was the right result Australia were better than a 3-1 loss and Chile with the exception of the first twenty minutes were not excellant. But Chile have some great players going forward, Sanchez, Vargas, Valdiva all give Chile a chance in front of goal and Beausejour was impressive when he came in as a sub. The question I guess is can Chile now handle the expectation?
Prior to the Group stage I took Chile to get through here. I do think Chile are a dangerous team but I am wondering now will Spain bounce back from that heavy defeat to Holland in the first game? I think they just might. I'm going to take the World Champions to bounce back with a win here, its not one of my strongest picks on the week and I do like Chile but I just think experience and know how will get Spain through this game. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo