Home Advantage for Chile: Copa America Soccer Betting Preview

Posted by Mila Anderson on Thursday,June 18, 2015 5:19, EST in

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

While Bolivia may not have as talented or deep as squad as most of the other teams in the tournament, they have still found a way to be competitive, and are in fact sitting second in Group A. They started the tournament with a surprise 0-0 draw, and then went one better in their second game by beating Ecuador 3-2. A draw might well be enough to allow Bolivia to make an unexpected appearance in the quarter finals, so you have to believe that they are going to come out on Friday and try to play a tight defensive game. It is going to be up to Chile to try and break them down, which will be no easy task given how tough Mexico found that job to be.

Final Team Squads

CHILE
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)

BOLIVIA
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)

Alexis Sanchez

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.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arturo_Vidal
http://www.arsenal.com/first-team/players/alexis-sanchez