When it’s considered that England have shipped five goals in their last four friendly matches at Wembley the likelihood of them shutting out a Chile side who ended up as second-top scorers in South American qualifying seems remote.
Below news.bwin.com/en/ runs the rule over three likely goal threats from within Jorge Sampaoli’s squad to give you the inside track on who’s likely to do the damage.
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Alexis Sanchez – Barcelona.
Having struggled to emerge from under Lionel Messi’s shadow following his move to Camp Nou in 2011, the Argentinean’s more mortal form this term has allowed Chile’s star player to blossom.
His seven goals in nine league appearances will mean the leading scorer in the Chile squad is bursting with confidence ahead of his Wembley visit and it’s unsurprising to see him shortest of the visitors in the goalscorer market at 11/4.
Razor-sharp acceleration and slick dribbling ability could see him create plenty of indecision between Ashley Cole and Phil Jagielka on the England left, while he’s liable to emerge from the clouds at various other positions across the attacking line as he seeks to build play.
Eduardo Vargas – Napoli (on loan at Gremio).
A member of the feted Universidad de Chile side that seduced South America in winning the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, Vargas was sparsely used following his transfer to Naples, failing to impress aside from a Europa League hat-trick against AIK last term.
Just behind Sanchez at 3/1 in the anytime scorer betting, he was his country’s joint-top scorer in qualifying.
A real counter-attacking threat, the 23-year-old’s ability to dribble at pace is likely to require extra vigilance from England defenders at the hosts’ attacking set-pieces, while his relish for cracking shots in from distance will keep Fraser Forster on his toes.
Eugenio Mena – Universidad de Chile (on loan at Santos).
A former teammate of Vargas, Mena is a rampaging full-back that has struck three times in 21 starts for his country.
Another who will be a threat from set pieces and long range, his superb volley in a friendly clash against Iraq is begging for a YouTubing.
Those looking for a punt on a Chilean goalscorer at healthier odds would be advised to give the 25/2 about the left-sided defender closer inspection.