Does Chile Have a Chance in World Cup Betting?

November 30, 2010 Football Soccer

Does Chile have a realistic chance to win in World Cup betting? They are listed a 40-1 in World Cup odds.

Chile plays in Group H and they are expected to advance from this group along with Spain.

World Cup betting odds respect the Chileans a little bit.  They are the second choice behind Spain in Group H.  The Chile team comes into the World Cup playing well and they could be a team to watch as a big underdog.  Chile qualified from the South American region behind Brazil but ahead of Argentina.

Chile should not just automatically be thrown out as a team that can win in World Cup betting. They have some serious talent.  Jorge Valdivia is a big time playmaker and Humberto Suazo is a good striker and Claudio Bravo is an excellent goalkeeper.  While on paper it seems like Group H is tough, Chile probably catches a break since they should beat Honduras and Switzerland and if they do that they will advance from Group H.  What hurts Chile is that they would be matched up against a team from Group G in the knockout round and that is not good news considering that group is considered the toughest.

Chile is +450 to win Group H and if they can get a result against Spain they could be a surprise and win the group.  Spain is getting all of the attention in World Cup odds and Chile could sneak in there and steal Group H.  Chile is ranked 15th in the world rankings. Chile has a coach in Marcelo Bielsa who knows how to win as he led Argentina to a gold medal in 2004.

Chile opens up against Honduras on June 15th in a match they should win. Chile is a -170 favorite in World Cup betting in that match while Honduras is +450. The Draw is +270 and the total on the match is 2.5 under. Chile will play their second match on June 21st against Switzerland. If they win their first two matches then the match on June 25th against Spain would decide the Group H winner.

If you are looking for a long shot team that could actually win some matches in the World Cup and be a threat to some of the power teams then you may want to take a look at Chile.

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