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  1. Bradley’s Missing Mop
    June 11, 2014

    Chile is not playing on home soil. They are playing a lot closer to home than others in the group…..

    Almost everyone is picking Chile, and predicting an orange melt down. I have spent a lot of time mulling this group and still have yet to make a pick in my brackets….

    • Increase
      June 11, 2014

      On Chile,

      If Vidal is healthy, they go through.

      If Vidal isn’t healthy, they don’t.

      I really think its that simple in the group. After that… its chaos so whatever.

      • Roberto
        June 11, 2014

        You really need know very little about Chile…Chile has more than Vidal and in his place they have a very good replacement; Charles Aranguiz who is the number 10 in inter Porto Alegre of Brazil he is good defensively and offensively, He’s has nastiness and can pickpocket you anytime and he is sooo good on the ball…I know in the US cheating and diving is not accepted … but in the rest of the world its part of the game….otherwise go become a choirboy….Chile Does not only depend on one player….Sanchez, Valdivia, Diaz, Edu Vargas, Aranguiz….Medel

      • Increase
        June 11, 2014

        Yes, but Vidal is maybe the best box to box Mid in the world. Its a big drop off from him.

        To ignore the Netherlands is also not wise… and Robin Van Persie is somewhat injured too. So.. maybe thats the difference. Then again… Huntelaar is rather good too.

        I don’t blame Chile for the little fouls they do. It’s smart and its not dangerous. I saw their game against England and most of the Germany game. Anytime it looks like England would get to a attack someone did a little push or pull on an English player and the attack stopped.

        It will be close.

      • Increase
        June 11, 2014

        BTW I have Spain for #1 and Chile for #2 on my bracket. It’s a great group.

      • Roberto
        June 11, 2014

        For Chile This has to happen;
        1) Beware of counter attacks remember WC send off game vs Egypt?
        2) Get over Vidal dependency and remember there is other players and a “style” of play they must continue to impose, Cause Vidal might not make it
        3) Have respect for the history and pedigree of the world and vice word champion ….but not TOO much respect either.
        4) Chile does have tall defenders so they got to really watch out even w Australia

        For Spain;
        1)Costa and David Silva if in top form can really really go far and even win it…thats about it..

        For Holland:
        1) Defensively they are weak and aren’t even a clockwork mandarin. But Holland is Holland and w Van Persie in top form they can be a top four team…it just seems Robben and Snejder dont look too motivated to be in a WC..whats wrong with those two?

        Australia: I just know very little about them, other than Cahill, for that reason they should be taken very seriously

      • Roberto
        June 11, 2014

        I meant; Chile does NOT have tall defenders

      • Increase
        June 11, 2014

        Chile has the shortest team in the world cup.

        176.022 cm average.

        You are right about Holland. Their weakness is mostly eachother. I wouldn’t worry too much about Australia.

        I want to add one for Chile:
        Focus on not getting Yellow cards against Australia. You will need all your players for the other two games.

    • frank from santiago
      June 11, 2014

      Bradley’s Missing Mop…not home for chile….technically, but the stadium will be red all over, make in it a home match, basically.

  2. Roberto
    June 11, 2014

    Chile can easily finish first too… Spain Isn’t what it used to be; Iniesta, Xavi are getting old..Pique does not have any hips left after spending way too much time w Shakira and they’ve won everything there is to win. Plus the weather..But it’s so hard to predict, anything can happen Chile may also have stage freight and pressure themselves…very diificult group to predict, But Chile is so talented right now, they just need to be on top defensively cause they sure like to attack way up there

    • Increase
      June 11, 2014

      She stole his Hips! They do lie, they aren’t even hers!

  3. Dan
    June 11, 2014

    As much as Spain has gotten older and are not as good as they used to be they are still the best team in that group by miles. Lets not forget that La Liga just dominated the Champion’s League and many of those players are on the Spanish national team.

    As for 2nd I have a hard time not picking the Dutch. Sure they are questionable at the back but when weren’t they? They have always been a poor defensive team in recent history. Chile looks very strong though so this is tough. I am leaning Dutch but I might change my pick at the last minute.

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