Our football match prediction:
It’s a derby match in Group B as reigning World Champions take on Copa America winners in a match that could directly decide who will go on to finish the group stage top of the pack. Joachim Loew brought a rather inexperienced and experimental squad to Russia, but die Mannschaft are nevertheless a quality-packed side with plenty of players who want to make their presence known in the national team. The likes of Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Emre Can make for a truly respectable squad dubbed the tournament favourites. South American giants Chile bounced back from successive friendly disappointments just in time as they beat Cameroon to gear up in the tournament they want to win in order to maintain the winning streak at major events and competition. Juan Antonio Pizzi boasts a high-profile squad with Arturo Vidal, Eduardo Vargas and Gary Medel leading the line together with Arsenal wantaway striker Alexis Sanchez. The Gunners star only played ten minutes at the Confederations Cup opener and could be given a more prominent role in the derby match against Germany. We will give Chile the backing on this occasion due to the simple fact they arrived to Russia with their strongest squad.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Hector):
Jonas Hector is a product of Koln’s youth school. The left back was born on 27 May, 1990 in Saarbrucken and he began his youth career at SV Auersmacher. In 2010 he joined FC Koln and he made 63 league appearances for the reserve team between 2010 and 2013. Ever since he made his debut for the senior team on 27 August, 2012 he has been playing regularly for the Billy Goats and he certainly helped the team return to Bundesliga at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign. Jonas Hector made his Germany debut on 14 November, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Gibraltar. The left-footed defender scored his first goal for the German national team on 29 March, 2016 in a 4-1 victory over Italy in Munich. Hector represented his homeland at the 2016 European Championship finals in France and he scored the winner from the penalty spot in the quarter-final against Italy. Hector is capable of playing as a midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title. Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004. Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.