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Rupert Wyman 27th Jun 2010 - 11:12

Hot and cold Chile to be blown away by Brazil

Chile have arguably been the best team to watch so far in this year's World Cup as their all-out-attack style often means they are always creating chance after chance or being caught short at the back.

The latter has not been much of an issue so far as many last ditch tackles have saved them while the former has not actually resulted in a lot of goals which has to be of concern.

Therefore heading into an all-South American last-16 showdown with Brazil one has to be worried for Chile's chances at both ends of the pitch.

The defence which is undoubtedly a weakness for Marcelo Bielsa's side is decimated through suspensions for the match against Brazil as defensive midfielder Marco Estrada was sent off against Spain and defenders Gary Medel and Waldo Ponce picked up their second yellow cards of the tournament.

In attack Alexis Sanchez has unquestionably been the star of the show for La Roja. The Udinese winger has dazzled us with his quick feet and dribbling skills, indeed no other player attempted more dribbles (20) than Sanchez in the group stage.

However, Sanchez's skills have not resulted in a multitude of goals as the forwards have failed to convert the chances and it is this lack of clinical finishing that I believe could be their downfall against Brazil.

As a result Brazil have to be the bet at 1/2 to win in 90 minutes and progress to the quarter-finals as they bid for a sixth World Cup success.

Dunga's side have not been fantastic so far in the World Cup with a far from convincing 2-1 win over North Korea followed up by an impressive 3-1 victory over the Ivory Coast before a dour 0-0 draw with Portugal in their last group match.

Unlike most Brazilian sides though this one is not set up to entertain first, as in Dunga's pragmatic nature it is instead set up to win first.

This does not please many Brazilians but it should result in Brazil being a far more reliable side as you know exactly what you are going to get with a strong defence marshalled by Lucio and the fantastic duo of Felipe Melo and Gilberto Silva sitting in front of the back four.

This enables the full backs to bomb on to provide much-needed width in the attacking third in addition to Elano, Robinho and Kaka who act as supports to the focal point that is Luis Fabiano.

Robinho and Elano were injured for the match against Portugal while Kaka was suspended. All three are in line to return to take on Chile and they should be fresh and ready to bring more style back to the Brazilian line-up.

In Brazil's previous six meetings with Chile they have scored 25 goals which averages out at over an incredible four goals per game. It is 8/1 for them to score four or more and on the face of it this looks quite tempting considering the threadbare Chilean defence that Luis Fabiano and co will be up against.

Despite this statistic though I don't think that Brazil will score that many this time around. I would much prefer to be on Brazil -1 goals at 8/5.

Fabiano in particular should enjoy himself as Chile often struggle with the ball in the air and his physical presence should cause more than a few problems. The Sevilla man is 7/2 to open the scoring.

Brazil have been perfect in their last four second round knockout ties at World Cups and I see no reason why they will not extend this to five. Chile may be entertaining to watch but a lack of composure in front of goal should see them exit and thus allow Brazil to progress.



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