When you think of a word to describe this clash, the term ‘juicy’ could well be used. Both of these were two of the favourites to win the tournament and they now face off in a bid to be in the Final. It’s Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Alexis Sanchez, for goodness sake!
Chile played out a 1-1 draw against Australia at the weekend to sign off the group stage of the Confederations Cup, which meant they were pipped to top spot by Germany in Group B. That’s set up this tasty little tie and we should be in for a classic – in theory.
Both of these sides are in the top eight of the FIFA World Rankings, with Chile in fourth and Ronaldo’s Portugal four places below and this is a fixture that really could go either way.
These two have only met on two occasions – the last of which was a friendly in 2011 which ended 1-1. Prior to that, Portugal smashed the Chileans 1-4 way back in 1972.
But enough of banging on about history and sounding like Liverpool supporters, it’s about the here and the now. Who has the better side? A youthful and energetic Portugal side with a proven match-winner leading the line of an ageing Chile side who have the oldest squad in the Confederations Cup? Another aspect to take into consideration is the fact Ronaldo and co have had an extra day’s rest than their opponents, who played only on Sunday and looked pretty lethargic in their performance.
Could it be that after a gruelling campaign and with the games coming thick and fast, that Chile are feeling it more?
The Two Possible Teams…
Portugal: Patricio, Cedric, Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro, Gomes, Ad. Silva, Moutinho, B. Silva, An. Silva, Ronaldo ©
Chile: Bravo, Jara, Medel ©, Mena, Beausejour, Gutierrez, Aranguiz, Vidal, Fuenzalida, Vargas, Sanchez
What We Sayin’?
We fancy Portugal to edge it. As we’ve already mentioned, Chile looked tired last time out and expended a lot of energy in attempting to find a winner against the Aussies last time out. Back the Portuguese to win 3-1 at 20/1.
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