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World Cup Match Preview (Group B): Chile vs. Australia

World Cup Match Preview (Group B): Chile vs. Australia

Match Date: 13 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá

(Featured Image: Chile | Source: FIFA)

 

Chile qualified for their ninth World Cup appearance by placing third in the CONMEBOL segment of the qualifications, just behind Argentina and Colombia. They will embark on their Brazil journey with the aim of surpassing their best finish in the tournament, which was third in 1962. Dangerous players like Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez will play as the team’s top seeds, and may pose serious threat to other international players.

 

In the 2010 South Africa World Cup, Jorge Sampaoli’s men were among the best-rooted ensembles in the competition’s earlier stages. The coach successfully produced his own variant of the legendary mentor Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching practices. Although the side only reached the Round of 16 (losing to Brazil for the quarter-finals), they were pretty recognized for their spirited nature. In fact, since the mid-1960s, they have often been ranked as one of the 25 strongest football teams in the world.

 

Australia’s third consecutive appearance (fourth overall) in the World Cup says a lot about their new-found form. They reached the finals by finishing as runners up (to Japan) in the AFC Fourth Round. Tim Cahill and Josh Kennedy were the team’s saving glories, alongside Mark Schwarzer and Mile Jedinak.

 

Unlike in the two previous World Cups, where Australia hired foreign coaches, the upcoming edition will have the side be managed by a resident of the Land Down Under. Ange Postecoglou, though born to a Greek family, is Socceroos’ first Australian coach in years. He replaced former manager Holger Osieck after the German failed to produce stunning results in friendlies against Brazil and France. The side were unbeaten in their last five matches in the World Cup qualifications, but they would need to exert stronger maneuvers against other superpowers (particularly in Europe and South America) as they are only ranked 59th in FIFA’s world rankings.

 

World Cup betting tip: Although Australia have shown noticeable improvements from the recent years, they will not have enough capacity to subdue the powerhouse that is Chile.

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