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Chile can escape Group B at World Cup

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The 2014 World Cup finals are now less than a week away - but how will South American side Chile fare at the showpiece international tournament?

Squad

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile), Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica)
Defenders: Gary Medel (Cardiff City), Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Eugenio Mena (Santos), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest)
Midfielders: Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Mauricio Isla (Juventus), Marcelo Diaz (Basel), Francisco Silva (Osasuna), Felipe Gutierrez (FC Twente), Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic), Charles Aranguiz (Internacional), Miiko Albornoz (Malmo)
Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Eduardo Vargas (Valencia), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras), Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Fabian Orellana (Celta Vigo)

Fixtures

13th June v Australia (Cuiaba)

18th June v Spain (Rio de Janeiro)

23rd June v Netherlands (Sao Paulo)

Strengths

Chile press well, with wingers tracking back to support the fullbacks and utilising man marking in defence. The experience of Marcos Gonzalez and Gary Medel keep the defence in order. Alexis Sanchez provides width, speed and finishing that can eat up sloppy defences.

Weaknesses

There non-stop pressing game can often turn ugly, committing fouls and could lead to suspensions for key players.

Key Player

Juventus’ versatile Arturo Vidal is a consistent performer wherever he plays. If he can keep his temper at bay, he can dictate any game.

Prediction

Chili’s breakneck counter speed and pressing could prove difficult for a slow Spain side. If they can beat Spain or Netherlands, they have a chance of making it out of the group. However, the prospect of Brasil in the last 16 could prove to be a stumbling block.

Odds

40/1

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