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World Cup: Chile Preview

Chile looked solid in the South American World Cup qualification process and they have a great offense, which gives them a good shot to make it out of group play.

Chile is in Group H with Spain, Switzerland, and Honduras.

Bovada has Chile at +6600 to win the World Cup and at +475 to win Group H.

Chile has played in seven World Cups, but South Africa will be their first since back in 1998. In a good omen Chile, unlike years past, played well in World Cup qualifying on the road, which will help them this summer. In 1998 the Chileans finished third in the World Cup, which was their best showing ever and they will be looking to change that in South Africa.

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Chile is not in the strongest group, but their match against Spain will be a killer one, not to mention one of the more exciting ones, as each team has a high-scoring and dynamic offense.

Chile’s strength is definitely their offense, as they play attacking soccer from the opening whistle. They play a solid team game and do not fall back on defense even when they get the lead always putting pressure on the opposing squad.

The strikers of Humberto Suazo of Monterrey and Alexis Sanchez of Udinese lead the offense and each are explosive players. Midfielder Matias Fernandez of Sporting CP is the leader of the team and the best playmaker the Chileans have.

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While Chile has a great offense their main strength is their defense. Their defenders tend to make errors, which lead to goals. Another big weakness is the fact that Chile is a smaller team so they are not good at defending set pieces and there are susceptible to giving up goals through the air.

Head coach Marcelo Bielsa is a character and he is known as “El Loco”, which means the crazy. His players trust his attacking style and no matter who Chile plays or where they always use a 3-3-1-3 formation.

Every match to Chile is important, but the first two are big, as they are ones they should win. If they slip up against Honduras or Switzerland they may have to beat Spain in their last match, which will be far from easy.

Chile World Cup Schedule

6/16/2010 Honduras vs. Chile
6/21/2010 Chile vs. Switzerland
6/25/2010 Chile vs. Spain