We have starting teams as Spain meet Chile tonight in this eagerly awaited Group B clash. Spain will go into the game as slight favourites despite their demoralizing loss to the Netherlands. Kick-off is at 8pm.
Spain suffered a shock 5-1 loss to the Netherlands in their opener. The Spanish lost to Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup and went on to win the competition but it is the manner of the loss that is a concern especially the 2nd half performance. More will be expected of their midfield and there is expected to be a number of changes to the side. Spain will hope to improve defensively after the Dutch tore them apart in the 2nd half. Chile got of a lightning quick start against Australia but failed to play at that temp for the rest of the game. Jean Beausejour sealed the win for the Chileans who will look to the pace and trickery of Alexis Sanchez.
Spain will look for an improvement midfield and Iniesta has proven the key performer for Spain in the last 2 major tournaments. Scoring the winner in the 2010 World Cup final and receiving the “Player of the Tournament” award at Euro 2012. The Barcelona midfielder showed glimpses of his class in their opener with a few sublime passes but they will hope for an improved performance from the La Masia graduate.
Sanchez enjoyed a good season with Barcelona personally, scoring 19 goals in La Liga and he will coming up against a lot of familiar faces. Spain will be aware of the threat he can be. Sanchez is likely to play in a 2 man attack which Spain struggled to deal with against the Netherlands. The Spanish defence struggled with the pace and guile of Arjen Robben and Sanchez if on form can torment this Spanish defence.
Starting Spanish team(4-2-3-1): Casillas (c), Martinez, Iniesta, Pedro, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Busquets, Jordi Alba, Costa, Silva, Azpilicueta
Chile are unchanged with goal scorer Jean Beausejour kept in reserve - Bravo (c), Mena, Isla, Silva, Sanchez, Vidal, Vargas, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Dias
Expected Chile team(4-3-1-2): Bravo, Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena, Aranguiz, Diaz, Vidal,Alexis,Valdivia Vargas
In what should be an exciting game in which Spain should dominate position much will depend on how they penetrate the Chile defence that looked somewhat shaky against Australia. Chile will look to press high up the pitch and may cause problems for Spain. I expect a tight game and with Spain to win maybe 2-1. Spain will have to improve defensively and if they do they should have enough to get the win. A draw at half time and Spain to win is 10/3 in what looks an appealing bet with boylesports.