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Sanchez and Suazo can send Chile through to knock-out stages

| 10.06.2010

Chile are appearing in their first World Cup since 1998, and they are hoping to at least equal their performance in France which took them to the round of 16.

In 1998, Chile had one of the most fearsome strike partnerships in world football, with Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas spearheading the South Americans’ attack.

Although they may not be household names, the current side also boasts a threatening frontline of Alexis Sanchez and Humberto Suazo.

The 21-year-old Sanchez has been the subject of glowing reports from top European clubs’ scouts, and after netting the three goals in his last three games, the Udinese forward is temptingly priced at 11/4 to be Chile’s top scorer at the World Cup.

Suazo, meanwhile, was Chile’s top scorer in qualifying with 10 goals from 18 appearances, and he is also 11/4 to be his country’s leading scorer in South Africa.

Suazo spent last season on loan at Real Zaragoza, where he turned the club’s campaign around with six goals in his 17 games.

Chile are collectively also in fine form, and having won their last three fixtures by scoring seven goals and keeping three clean sheets, they are firm favourites to beat Honduras at 8/13.

At 9/2, Chile are also second favourites to win Group H, and they are fancied to qualify for the second round behind probable group winners Spain.

Unfortunately for Chile, their opponents in the last 16 would most likely be Group G favourites Brazil, who have beaten Chile in each of their last seven meetings, scoring 27 goals in the process.

With this in mind, Chile to be eliminated in the round of 16 is very convincingly priced at 13/10.

How do you think Chile will do? They are 6/1 to be eliminated at the quarter-finals. See the full Chile Specials market.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.