Brazil meet Chile in South American Clash
Today tournament favourite Brazil will meet neighbours Chile in their knockout match of the world cup. Brazil goes into the game as favourites with Party Bets offering odds of 8/15.
The Confederations Cup winners’ squad is boosted by the return of talisman Kaka from suspension and striker Elano from injury.
After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Portugal, Brazil will want to prove to the high scoring sides of the tournament - Argentina and Germany - that they are the best in the world at attacking football.
All five South American teams made it through the group stages unperturbed but one side will be eliminated tonight. The continent has arguably been the most successful in the tournament with Europe losing big names early on in proceedings.
It is already guaranteed that South Africa will not have the all-European semi-final that the world saw four years ago in Germany; perhaps this is a sign that the West’s dominance over the footballing world is waning.
More people are looking to the South Americans for a potential champion squad. Surprisingly not just the big guns have been named as contenders. Teams like Paraguay and Uruguay have been in form and impressive.
Uruguay have a chance to dump Maradona’s Argentina and with a player like Forlan reaching his form of his life you’d be a fool to doubt they have the potential to succeed.
Five time world champions Brazil are the highest-ranking team in South America and the world, heading the FIFA ranking.
Former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson believes Brazil have the potential to be world-beaters.
"I think the Brazil team can go all the way," said the Ivory Coast manager.
"They have quality especially in defence. You need to be almost perfect to beat Brazil. In every way they are good."
Brazil met Chile in Copa America 2007, where they won 3-0.
A Spain–Brazil final has been widely touted as the most likely in South Africa. As Spain have already secured a 2-1 victory over Chile, Dunga’s squad will want to send out a message to the Spaniards that anything they can do, Brazil can do better.
Ladbrokes have the Brazilian side to win at 8/15 while bwin are offering odds of 10/21 that they are victorious.