2014 WORLD CUP SOCCER
Kickoff: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Estadio Mineirao – Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Brazil -196, Chile +475, Tie after Regulation +350
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals (Over -163, Under +135)
In one of the opening matches of the knockout rounds, Brazil looks to please their home crowd Saturday with a victory over Chile, who finished second in Group B play.
Here is the BetDSI Sportsbook preview of Saturday's match:
Brazil was the favorite to win the World Cup and they have not disappointed their fans, coming out of Group A as the top seed. Now they must keep up their relentless attack because a loss will send them home. Prior to the tournament, Chile was considered to be one of the best offensive teams in the entire field. One thing that they showed was that their defense is more than ready to step it up as they look to upset Brazil in the Round of 16.
Brazil started off this tournament in the right way. After going down 1-0 against Croatia in the early going of their opening match, Brazil was able to score three unanswered to win the contest 3-1. In their second match, they were unable to score and came away with a 0-0 tie, as Mexico’s goalkeeping was just flawless for a full 90 minutes. Brazil won their final game 4-1 against Cameroon and now they find themselves up against a Chile team that has really turned some heads in the 2014 World Cup. Neymar has certainly lived up to the hype for Brazil, leading the squad in goals scored with four. He will need to continue to fire away as his team tries to continue advancing.
Chile got their tournament off to a great start, defeating Australia by a final score of 3-1. Their next match, however, they were the underdogs as they played against the 2010 champions in Spain. Chile, however, defeated Spain 2-0, and through two games their defense had allowed just one goal. After already clinching a spot in the knockout rounds, Chile lost 2-0 to a Netherlands team that has looked unstoppable at times during this tournament. For a team that was questioned for their poor defensive play, Chile are likely very satisfied with allowing just one goal per game.