Chile vs Spain – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingChile will play Spain today at 19:30 BST in the final match of group H in Pretoria. With two European favorites suffering an early exit already, Spain could be the next tonight. They can still decide their own fate though by winning against Chile, who can settle for a draw against the European champions to qualify for the last 16.

Match Preview

The Spanish side is probably still haunted by their shocking defeat to Switzerland, which most likely forces them to win against Chile. Considering the surprising exits the last couple of days to Italy and France, they must be even more nervous before the game. This made Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque point to the fact that you can not play on past triumphs, which hopefully will help Spain not make the same mistake as their European counterparts. This said they are probably playing well knowing they have never lost to Chile before, which does merit some optimism for the European champions before the decisive game.

On the other hand Chile is very close to the last 16 at the World Cup, but still needs points tonight. Spain conquered Chile five centuries ago, and tonight the Chileans will get a chance to break free from the Spanish imposition once again by sending the European champions home. Chile impressed by winning their matches against Honduras and Switzerland comfortably, although Switzerland did make it somewhat easy by conceding a stupid red card in the first half. It would be a major result for the Chileans to qualify and especially if they could send home Spain in the process. Their motivation is higher than ever before, also playing for the people who suffered greatly in the Earthquake earlier this year. At the same time stats are on their side, as only one team has left the World Cup after winning two group matches since 1950.

Team Updates

The Chileans are weakened for the match with two suspensions. Both Matias Fernandez and Carlos Carmona will out on that account, which is a big loss in their midfield. At the moment we expect Rodrigo Millar and Jorge Valdivia to replace them.

The Spanish side can likely enjoy the services of Andres Iniesta again, who has recovered his injury from the first match. They are expected to use forwards Fernando Torres and David Villa up front again, which proved somewhat effective against Honduras.

Chile vs Spain betting tip

Our betting pick will be Spain to win by at least 2 goals at odds 2.37 at 888 Sports.

It could be dangerous picking Spain tonight considering the results of other European favorites lately, but nevertheless we have chosen the European champions to win. Unlike the Italian and French players who lost their final matches, the Spanish players are still hungry for a World Cup win. The lack of motivation was clear in the performance from both Italy and France, which we will not see tonight with the Spanish team. Spain has never won the World Cup or even come close to the final in recent years, and their players will do anything to get there. It will not be easy against Chile, but Spain does have a better team on paper than their Chilean opponent. Especially after the ban of both Fernandez and Carmona for Chile. Our match prediction will be 3-0 or 3-1 to Spain tonight.

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