Our match prediction:
Chile are running down a blind alley at the moment and that is more than obvious. La Roja suffered five defeats in previous six games and they were not capable of making life difficult for Argentina in their Copa America opener. Chile face a must-win situation in Saturday’s football match against Bolivia and considering that coach Pizzi can count on his key players for the match, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the reigning champions. Bolivia suffered a 2-1 loss to Panama and given that they obviously struggle at the back, we predict that La Verde will suffer a heavy loss in their second group game. When the two sides met at the 2015 Copa America Chile recorded a routine 5-0 victory over Bolivia, with Charles Aranguiz scoring a brace for Jorge Sampaoli’s troops back then. Anyhow, Chile should record their first win at the Copa America Centenario on Saturday.
Highligted Player (Medel):
Gary Medel is a versatile defensive midfielder who currently plays for Inter Milan in Serie A. The Chilean professional is well-known for this work-rate and untiring approach along with his aggressive, physically demanding and hard-tackling style of play. It is these qualities that earned him the sobriquet of “Chilean Pitbull”. Medel started his professional career with Universidad Catolica as a youth player before moving to Boca Juniors. He followed it up with a stint in La Liga with Sevilla. Medel was also a key member with Cardiff City, which was his next destination. The relegation of Cardiff meant that Medel moved to Inter Milan. A full international with over 80 caps for Chile, Medel has represented his nation at two FIFA World Cups and an equal number of Copa America tournaments. He was a key member of Chilean team that won the 2015 Copa America and was subsequently named in the ‘Team of the tournament’.
Highlighted Team (Bolivia):
Bolivian Football Federation has been established in 1926 and it is one of the 10 member of South American Football Confederation. Managed by Julio Cesar Baldivieso, La Verde have gone through difficult times since their second place finish at Copa America 1997. Three-time World Cup participants have last appeared at the global stage in 1994 and they have never gone past the first round on any of the three tournaments, scoring only one goal at the tournament held in the USA. Bolivia took part in 24 Copa America tournaments since their debut in 1926 and the most prominent result was their 1963 title. Luis Hector Cristaldo and Marco Sandy are the two players with most caps for Bolivia with their 93 international appearances, while Joaquin Botero’s name still stands at the top of the scoring charts with the former Bolivian international netting 20 during his time with the national team.