Alexis Sanchez, dubbed The Boy Wonder, could be set to become one of the most talked about stars in World Cup 2010. Betting odds of 15/8 are available with bookmakers Bet365 and Paddy Power for the 21 year old to score at anytime in the game.
The precocious young forward, currently playing in Serie A for Udinese, is a tremendous dribbler, blessed with both pace and poise, and has scored 11 times in 29 International appearances.
He’s received a ringing endorsement from Chile World Cup legend, Ivan Zamoran, who says: “I think Alexis Sanchez is a cut above everyone else.” (in the Chile squad). “I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go to a big European team after the World Cup.”
Attack minded Chile, are favourites with bookmakers to win the game with best odds of 4/6 available from Bet365. They come into the game in good form, winning their three friendlies against Northern Ireland, Israel and New Zealand. This followed CONMEBOL qualification as runners up to Brazil with victories over Argentina and Paraguay.
Opponents, Honduras, enter the competition on the back of a less impressive run of form, drawing twice before a 0-3 thrashing against Romania. There are injury doubts over Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios, Inter striker David Suazo and Torino’s Julio Cesar de Leon coming at a time when they need their 3 key players to be at a their best.
Chile, coach Marcelo Bielsa, in the meantime, has been handed a fitness boost over talisman Humberto Suazo. The Chilean striker picked up a hamstring injury against Israel but has trained this week and despite not being match fit, looks set to play some part against Honduras.