It is never easy to be the host of a major tournament. Yes, you have home field advantage and the support of soccer betting fans to draw on, but you also have a load of pressure on your back, as it’s expected that you do well because of said advantages. That is exactly what Chile have had to deal with in the 2015 Copa America, and so far, they are rising to the occasion. Arturo Vidal has been the star of the show for Chile, with 3 goals in their first 2 games, but he is now in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Vidal was involved in a car crash a couple of nights back, and blood tests revealed that he was driving under the influence. He has been allowed to remain with the squad, but it will be interesting to see how this story affect him and the rest of the team moving forward. The good news for Chile is that they will most certainly be in the quarter finals after taking 4 points from their opening 2 games. They opened with a 2-0 win over Ecuador, and then followed that up with a 3-3 tie against Mexico in what may well be the game of the tournament so far. A draw would be enough on Friday night, but they will want to keep the fans happy with a win against a much less talented Bolivia side.
Bolivia vs Chile: Copa America Soccer Betting Preview
Date: Friday, June 19th, 2015
Time: 7.30 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago de Chile
Opening Line: Chile -1½-105
Final Team Squads
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Barcelona), Paulo Garces (Colo-Colo), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
Defenders: Miiko Albornoz (Hannover), Mauricio Isla (Juventus), Gonzalo Jara (Mainz), Gary Medel (Inter), Eugenio Mena (Cruzeiro), Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile)
Midfielders: Charles Aránguiz (Internacional), Jean Beausejour (Colo-Colo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Marcelo Díaz (Hamburg), Matías Fernandez (Fiorentina), Felipe Gutiérrez (Twente), Arturo Vidal (Juventus), David Pizarro (Fiorentina), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras)
Forwards: Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal), Eduardo Vargas (Napoli), Angelo Henríquez (Dinamo Zagreb), Mauricio Pinilla (Atalanta), Edson Puch (Huracan)
Goalkeepers: Jose Penarrieta (Oriente Petrolero), Romel Quinonez (Bolivar), Hugo Suarez (Blooming)
Defenders: Marvin Bejarano (Oriente Petrolero), Cristian Coimbra (Blooming), Ronald Eguino (Bolivar), Miguel Hurtado (Blooming), Leonel Morales (Blooming), Ronald Raldes (Oriente Petrolero), Edemir Rodriguez (Bolivar), Edward Zenteno (Wilstermann)
Midfielders: Danny Bejarano (Oriente Petrolero), Jhasmani Campos (Bolivar), Alejandro Chumacero (The Strongest), Pablo Escobar (The Strongest), Sebastian Gamarra (AC Milan), Damian Lizio (O’Higgins), Damir Miranda (Bolivar), Martin Smedberg (IFK Goteborg), Walter Veizaga (The Strongest)
Forwards: Marcelo Martins Moreno (Changchun Yatai), Ricardo Pedriel (Mersin Idmanyurdu), Alcides Pena (Oriente Petrolero)
As great a story as Bolivia has been, the reality is that they just do not have the players to compete with the likes of Vidal and Alexis Sanchez on the Chilean squad. They are going to try and hold on, but I believe Chile will eventually wear them down. I don’t expect a blowout, though, with a 1-0 or 2-0 win the most likely outcome.