It didn’t come easy for the Belgians yesterday, but they found a way to ultimately get the victory against an inferior Algerian side. Pushing on that wager takes us to a 4-1-1 record thus far in the World Cup, and as we enter the second round of matches, it will be intriguing to see which teams adapt and which teams fade away.
Today we will learn a lot about the 2010 champions from Spain. Will Spain have the ability to reboiund from a disastrous opening fixture against the Netherlands? They were soundly embarrassed by a 5-1 scoreline, and with their second match coming today against a strong Chilean side, it doesn’t get much easier.
Chile opened their tournament in fine form against a weak Australian side. They did what was expected of them, and now have a glorious opportunity to shock the world against a reeling Spanish side. Led by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, the Chileans are capable of pulling the upset, and have to be aware that even a draw could likely see them through to the round of 16. It’s definitely one of the more intriguing second set of matches at the World Cup, and we’ve got you covered here at The Sports Geek. Read on below for our official prediction.
Spain vs. Chile Betting Odds:
Spain (-200) / Draw (+400) / Chile (+500)
Over 2.5 (=150) / Under 2.5 (-130)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Spain vs. Chile Pick:
What a match this should be. Spain are already as desperate as any team in the tournament, and it will be really intriguing to see how they fare when their backs are against the wall. This is a must-win situation for La Roja, and the Chileans will not merely serve as pushovers. Chile remain a legitimate darkhorse in this tournament, and after seeing Spain get thrashed by the Dutch, you have to think the Chileans like their chances in this contest.
It won’t be so easy though. This is a resilient Spanish squad that knows the consequences if they fail to even get through to the knockout stages. Expect this veteran-laden group to rebound in a big way. While few lineup changes can be expected, look for Spain’s starting XI to get off to a roaring start. The service to Diego Costa was abysmal in the opening match, and look for Costa to get many touches on the ball. Chile has amazing attackers, though their defense remains quite vulnerable. Spain will be looking to score, and score often. If they’re on their game, seeing the Spaniards put up three would not be of any surprise.
While Spain will surely score more than they did against the Dutch, Chile possess some talent and creativity throughout their line-up as well. The Barcelona winger, Alexis Sanchez will surely be excited to play many of his teammates, and should be able to create enough for the Chileans to make this match an intriguing one. Spain showed some real weaknesses at the back against the Netherlands, and Chile definitely have the ability to capitalize.
Ultimately, expect a Spanish response in their second match. This team is loaded with too many proud players that simply know how to win. Chile is also an excellent side, but the Spaniards’ talent and flair should win out and result in 2 or 3 goals. Remember, goal differential is crucial in this tournament and the Spanish will be aware of that. Chile, should also be able to find the back of the net, meaning there is apparent value on the ‘Result/Teams to Score Market.’ Backing Spain to win, but both teams to score seems to offer some solid value in today’s match.