Portugal vs Chile
Confederations Cup – Semifinal
Date: Wednesday, 28th June 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Kazan Arena (Kazan).
The line-up for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Semifinals is now finalized and neutrals and fans have every reason to be glad as they get two watch two enthralling encounters. All four teams made it out of the group phase favour attacking football, which adds some extra spice, especially during a slow off-season.
The European Champions Portugal booked their ticket to the semifinals with a convincing 4-0 win against New Zealand in the final group game. They are level on points with Mexico, but far ahead in goal-aggregate.
The talking points of Portuguese must be their attacking minded football. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 2 goals in Portugal’s total tally of 7 goals in the tournament so far. The remaining goals were scored by 5 different players. This is a positive sign for head-coach Fernando Santos, sending a clear message that this is not a one-man team.
The win against New Zealand extended Portugal’s unbeaten run to 5 matches, which included 4 wins and 1 draw. Moreover, they lost just once in the last 10 matches.
Chile, were probably tipped to win Group B, mainly due to Germany’s depleted squad. However, they finished second, managing to win just once from their three matches.
The majority of issues with Chile lies in their poor finishing, despite their ability to create a high number of chances. They are walking in a thin line as their defending so far in the tournament has been far from convincing. The other major worries present in the form of fitness of key players Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.
Chile’s overall form coming into this game is not that great. They managed just 1 win from the last five games in all competition.
Portugal vs Chile: Head-to-head
The meetings between these two teams has been far and few. Just one friendly happened since their first official meeting in 1928 Olympics, which was won by Portugal on a 4-2 margin. The only other meeting is a friendly in 2011, ending in a 1-1 stalemate.
Portugal vs Chile: Predictions
From outside, it might look Portugal are favourites to win this one. They have certainly justified this with their strong performances in the group stage, meanwhile Chile were short of their usual best. But do not write-off the South American champions yet. One might just have to look at what they did to Mexico at the Copa America Centenario under a similar kind of form last year.
Therefore, this is a tight one to call, with the most probable outcome after 90 minutes tipping in favour of a 1-1 score-line. We most likely to see extra-time and most probably, the lotto of penalty shoot-out.
Portugal vs Chile: Betting Tips
Recommended pick is Both Teams to Score for 1.95 odds with Betfair.
Adventurous punters can back a full-time draw for 3.35 odds with Unibet.