Chile and Honduras start their World Cup campaign, Wednesday June 16, against each other at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit . Chile has appeared in seven World Cup tournaments and Honduras just their second. World Cup oddsmakers at BODOG.com have Chile as -180 moneyline favorites over Honduras (+450) with a DRAW at (+300). Be sure to get your Chile vs Honduras Odds 2010 FIFA World Cup Group H in now at BODOG.com
Chile has a great team, a great coach and the complete commitment of the players. You can see all that out on the pitch. They’ve been playing well and getting good results and they’ve never been more certain they can have a great World Cup. Top striker Alexis Sanchez is a cut above everyone else. He’s on a high right now and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go to a big European team after the World Cup. Chile's scoring should be done by Matias Fernandez of Sporting Lisbon, though given the doubts surrounding Suazo and fellow forwards Alexis Sanchez and Esteban Paredes, Bielsa could also bring in fellow schemer Jorge Valdivia in a more advanced role.
"Why shouldn't we aim to reach the last four? Our team's capable of getting great results, but we're also aware that we mustn't get carried away . For the moment, our most important game is the one against Honduras," Claudio Bravo, Chile captain and goalkeeper.
Honduras has already achieved something special according to their coach Reinaldo Rueda. They secured their place in South Africa in dramatic fashion on the last day of CONCACAF qualifying when Costa Rica's surrender of a two-goal lead against USA allowed them to snatch third place on goal difference, thanks to a 1-0 win over El Salvador. Their squad includes players with experience of Europe's biggest leagues – Maynor Figueroa, Wilson Palacios and Hendry Thomas play in the Premier League, David Suazo and Edgar Alvarez in Serie A – yet for Rueda, their biggest strength is the "camaraderie and friendship among the players". He explained: "They are a very good, disciplined group, very receptive." By qualifying for the second FIFA World Cup in their history, the Central Americans have already given their countrymen something to celebrate. They have a daunting task ahead of them in a tough group containing Spain, who are expected to finish a top Group H, thus forcing Chile, Honduras and Switzerland to battle for second. Honduras play with physical power and have a never-say-die attitude.
"Chile are a tough team to play, they don't give you any space and work the ball very well in midfield . They're the type of side that need everybody on their game to really click. So, when we have the ball we need to keep hold of it, and win it back quickly to be able to cause them problems," Hendry Thomas, Honduras midfielder.
Chile vs Honduras
When: Wednesday, June 16 – 7:30 AM ET
Pick: Chile -180
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The Bottom Line: With the players they have Chile should beat Honduras. Be sure to get your Chile vs Honduras Odds 2010 FIFA World Cup Group H in now at BODOG.com and receive a 10% deposit bonus .