Monday, June 08, 2009



Both of these have qualified for the semi -finals, however, I suspect that each would like to avoid Argentina, who await the group runner-up, with the winners set to play the UAE. France need all three points to progress as group winners, any other result would see Chile take that honour.

Regardless of exact age, it seems that the South Americans in this age group are more advanced, they are "blooded" sooner and look more complete players. Chile have quite an experienced squad, they were beaten finalists in the tournament last year, are keen to go one better and would like to take the easier route, avoiding their neighbours. France have not overly impressed me so far, they have struggled to create much and needed an injury time goal to see off Qatar, which came as a surprise, as they had run out of ideas at that stage and adopted a hit and hope approach. Chile have scored four unanswered goals in their two games and look to pose the greater threat.I think that they are a great price getting the half goal start and that France have been priced so short, based purely on previous record in this event and home advantage, which I feel is limited in any case, with matches palyed in front of tiny crowds.

6 points Chile +1/2 ball 1.85 asian line.

Good Luck.

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