Chile vs Australia
League: FIFA Confederations Cup Group stage
Date: Sunday, 25th June 2017
Time: Kick off at 16:00
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
After the 2-0 win on Cameroon and the 1-1 draw against Germany, Chile is excellent. A draw in the final group match against Australia’s paper-weak Australia is enough for the South American champion to be a place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.
Chile would therefore be able to afford to roll in the base itself, but it seems that Pizzi’s coach continues to stick to the usual names. Certainly, if Portugal win in group A, Group Gain in Pole B is necessary to escape Cristiano Ronaldo and Consorts. However, I do not expect La Roja to squeeze the throttle very deep on Sunday night, consciously or unconsciously, to save energy for the knockout phase.
Thus, winning with minimal power is the devil, although the Chilenen will have to keep an eye on the virtual state. If Germany shoots from Cameroon in the simultaneous contest, Cameroon will also have to change a tooth.
Claudio Bravo could make his first start of the competition in a match Chile are under no pressure to win having earned four points from the opening two games.
Elsewhere, Chile could be unchanged from their 1-1 draw with Germany, which would see Arturo Vidal operate as a false 9.
Probable Lineup Chile
Herrera; Beausejour, Jara, Paulo Diaz, Isla; Marcelo Diaz, Vidal, Aranguiz; Sanchez, Vargas, Fuenzalida
The situation of Australia is a lot less rosy, because after two group matches, The Socceroos’s counter is one of the best and so the country is almost eliminated. Only in a victory of at least two goals difference, the yellow shirts are still in place for the half-final.
The chance of a stunt seems small because since 2009, the country has never been able to win a fierce opponent from the top fifty on the FIFA world rankings, beyond its own national borders, with more than one goal difference. Australia, however, does not get that challenge out. ‘We will give it our best shot,’ said former PEC Zwolle defender Sainsbury.
However, Australia is currently getting used to a new way of playing. Postecoglou’s national coach has left the country from a four-man’s back yard and is currently playing 3-4-3 or 3-5-2. That transformation goes out with hopping and bouncing, although Australia is still a tough opponent because of her inexhaustible battle lust. Especially Leckie, who recently saw a transition to the German Hertha BSC, is a player to keep an eye on. At The Socceroos, the attacker needs to be satisfied with a role as left half, but in that way he can maximize his speed.
Ange Postecoglou could name the same XI that put in an impressive showing against Cameroon.
That would see Alex Gersbach keep his place on the left.
Probable Lineup Australia
Ryan; Degenek, Sainsbury, Wright; Gersbach, Milligan, Mooy, Leckie; Kruse, Rogic, Juric
Chile vs Australia Head to Head [H2H]:
13.06.14 WC Chile Australia 3 : 1
08.02.00 FI Chile Australia 2 : 1
22.06.74 WC Australia Chile 0 : 0
Chile sit level on points with Germany at the top of Group B and need only to avoid defeat to progress to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. The last time these two teams met was at the 2014 World Cup, where Chile secured a 3-1 win.
Australia will have been buoyed by their performance against Germany and Cameroon, but have still only won two of their last nine matches.
That run should continue here, with a repeat of the 2014 World Cup scoreline on the cards.
CHILE TO WIN.