Australia has never won against Chile in four meetings in World Cup history. The Socceroos can change that if they win as 6.5-to-1 underdogs against La Roja in their opening matches of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
La Roja is favoured to win the match by a mile (1.09) but one thing going for Australia is the status of Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal who was doubtful due to an injury days leading up to the opener. A key player for Chile, Vidal underwent an operation on his knee due to a meniscus problem last May.
Vidal actually played in his team’s 2-0 friendly win versus Northern Island last Wednesday but suited up for only 15 minutes and has yet to rejoin the squad’s full practices.
Still, it will be a tough challenge for Australia, which is ranked the lowest (No 62 in the world) in this World Cup owing to a young and inexperienced squad.
"For a lot of these players it's their first go at the big stage and I'm sure there's a little bit of uncertainty in their heads. If we can get through those initial moments we'll be fine,” shared Ange Postecoglou, the Socceroos coach.
The Socceroos will look to veteran Tim Cahill, who scored his country’s first ever WC goals in Japan in 2006, to guide the young squad in Brazil.
Expectedly, Australia is not pegged to advance (13.00 to advance) from Group B, which also includes powerhouse teams Spain and Netherlands. Chile is considered the dark horse to qualify with 1.83 betting line to get a spot in the knockout rounds.