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Australia vs Chile Preview

It’s Australia vs La Roja! Football Alive provides a thorough preview of a must-win clash for the Socceroos. Enjoy our article and make sure you’re cheering on the Roos!

Where: Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow, Russia

When: Kick-Off 1:00am AEST

TV: Live from 12:30am on SBS and Optus Sport

Odds: Australia $8.50, Draw $5.50, Chile $1.30 (Sportsbet)

Weather: A humid night, with clearing showers and an expected temperature of 19° at KO

AUSTRALIA

Squad

Mat Ryan, Mitchell Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Milos Degenek, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Alex Gersbach, Aziz Behich, Dylan McGowan, Ryan McGowan, Jimmy Jeggo, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Tom Rogic, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse, James Troisi, Jamie Maclaren, Ajdin Hrustic 

Form (from most to least recent)

D 1-1 v Cameroon (Confederations Cup)

L 2-3 v Germany (Confederations Cup)

L 0-4 v Brazil (H)

W 3-2 v Saudi Arabia (H)

W 2-0 v UAE (H)

The Socceroos’ game against Cameroon had more mood swings than a pubescent teenager. Just when one side thought they were on top, the other would come rampaging forward. Whilst it made for an exciting and tense viewing experience for Aussie fans, it doesn’t bode well for our match against Chile, a side that has no troubles applying constant pressure and that is much better at finishing than the African champions. That said, Chile could only force a draw with Germany, who were outplayed by Australia in the second half of their match. If Australia can play like they did in the second half against Germany, but for the full 90 minutes, then we stand a great chance of winning. Alex Gersbach gave a MOTM performance against Cameroon, and expect the same in this match as he ups the intensity against the South American champions. Trent Sainsbury will be a rock in defence once again, and a big performance from him can go a long way to nullifying Chile’s attacks. He needs his defensive peers to step up in this game too, which could include Dylan McGowan if Ange wants to spring a surprise for the Chileans. In midfield, the Socceroos need to get Tommy Rogic on the ball much more than they did against Cameroon, as his playmaking is crucial to creating chances, as evidenced against Saudi Arabia and Germany. Tomi Juric has developed quite a lethal striker’s instinct in recent fixtures for the Socceroos too, so if Ange’s men can get the ball to him in the box, he’ll give Claudio Bravo plenty to worry about.

CHILE

Squad

Charles Aranguiz, Jean Beausejour, Claudio Bravo, Nicolas Castillo, Marcelo Diaz, Paulo Diaz, José Pedro Fuenzalida, Felipe Gutierrez, Pedro Pablo Hernandez, Johnny Herrera, Mauricio Isla, Gonzalo Jara, Gary Medel, Eugenio Mena, Edson Punch, Enzo Roco, Martin Rodriguez, Ángelo Sagal, Alexis Sanchez, Francisco Silva, Cristopher Toselli, Leonardo Valencia, Eduardo Vargas, Arturo Vidal

Form (from most to least recent)

D 1-1 v Germany (Confederations Cup)

W 2-0 v Cameroon (Confederations Cup)

L 2-3 v Romania (A)

D 1-1 v Russia (A)

W 3-0 v Burkina Faso (H)

Despite their star-studded squad, Chile’s form has been anything but spectacular. In world cup qualifying, their first three games ended up as a loss, a draw and a loss (although the draw was overturned to a win after it was discovered that Bolivia had fielded an ineligible player). If not for that overturning, Chile would sit 6th in qualifying, outside the automatic qualification spots. Likewise, Chile have lost all of their away qualifiers so far, apart from a 0-0 draw with Colombia. In friendlies, this current Chilean squad has drawn with Russia and lost to Romania in the past month, proving they are far from invincible. Further, they failed to defeat a second-string German side in their previous match. Pizzi, despite winning the Copa America Centenario, still seems to be working out how best to manage the South American champions. He will likely see the Australia clash as a chance to experiment and tinker with his men, with one eye on a potential semi-final against Portugal in just three days. This could be crucial for Australia – if Chile underestimate the Socceroos, it could be their undoing. Further, whilst Vargas, Vidal and Sanchez have been lethal so far for Chile, if they can be stopped by Sainsbury, Milligan and Gersbach respectively, then Chile could struggle to create dangerous chances.

Prediction

As they have been so often before, the Socceroos’ backs are up against the wall. However, there are plenty of signs to suggest that a win by two goals is not out of reach. Four of Chile’s last five goals have come in either the first or last 10 minutes of the match. Ange whipped his men into shape after poor starts against Brazil and Germany, and if the Socceroos can start and finish strong, as they did against Cameroon, then they can relieve the pressure on themselves and get a confidence boost to go forwards. Alex Gersbach’s inclusion has lifted the side, and the Socceroos also know they can rely on Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury to hold firm and keep the Chileans at bay. Last, but certainly not least, this will likely be Tim Cahill’s 100th game for the Socceroos. He is due for a Socceroos goal, and what bigger occasion to score one. If Australia lead 1-0 when he is brought on in the second half, then we may just have the mental edge over Chile to get him forward for a last minute strike.

Australia 2-0 Chile

 

Highlights of Previous Matches

Australia 1-1 Cameroon

Chile 1-1 Germany

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