A mouth-watering contest lies in wait for World Cup fans as a pair of South American heavyweights clash in a game that promises drama, excitement and goals. Brazil led the way in Group G, defeating North Korea and the Ivory Coast comfortably before playing out a drab goal-less draw against Portugal. Chile were largely under-rated going into South Africa 2010, but after defeating Switzerland and Honduras and losing in unfortunate circumstances to Spain, nobody will be expecting an easy ride for Brazil in this round of 16 game.
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Brazil vs Chile Betting Odds:
Brazil Advances (-411)
Chile Advances (+346)
You can learn everything you need to know about this Brazilian team by watching how their first choice full-backs play the game. Maicon and Michel Bastos combine flair, speed, skill and concentration to excellent effect and provide Dunga’s men with attacking thrust when the team is on the front foot and solidity when their team are defending. While there are no distinct weaknesses in this Brazlian team, they do lack a certain degree of firepower when Luis Fabiano isn’t at his best. Unfortunately for opposition players, Fabiano has been terrific for Brazil up to this point. The Sevilla forward has the strength, the skill and the speed to leave defenses in his wake and if Brazil go on to lift the World Cup trophy, Fabiano’s goals will no doubt play a key part in their success.
Coach Dunga prefers to play a 4-3-1-2 formation with Kaka playing behind the strikers. This strategy is almost certain to cause Chile’s defense no end of problems as they try to deal with Kaka’s movement and Fabiano’s pace. Expect Chile to try and mark the Real Madrid man out of the game, knowing that Brazil’s playing tempo is dictated by the Kaka’s exquisite passing and movement.
Marcelo Bielsa has turned a very ordinary Chilean side into a potentially legendary team by combining the defensive steel of an experienced backline with a youthful exuberance going forward.
Chile will be quietly confident about pulling off a shock result in this encounter. While they don’t quite have Brazil’s World Cup reputation, Chile have received glowing reviews for their attacking style and ingenuity on the field.
Alexis Sanchez is the man that provides this Chilean team with their attacking flair and creativity. The Udinese forward is at times a little over indulgent and selfish on the ball, but his outstanding skill and vision make up for his over-confidence. Alongside Sanchez, Jean Beausejour has been a key performer, only let down slightly by his inability to finish off numerous chances created against both Honduras and Switzerland.
There is a question mark over this Chilean side when it comes to discipline. Indiscipline against Spain has cost Chile the services of their two first-choice central defenders, Gary Medel and Waldo Ponce for this game. The two have been ever-present for Chile so far at the tournament and being without them against Brazil could signal the end of their superb World Cup run.
In what should be an open and attacking game, Brazil will likely outscore Chile by a couple of goals. With Chile missing their first-choice central defensive pairing and Kaka coming back into the Brazilian line-up after serving a suspension, Dunga’s players will tear into Chile’s reserve defense, which will struggle to deal with the strength of the rampaging Luis Fabiano.
Brazil vs Chile Prediction: Brazil 3-1 Chile.
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