While the visitors' defensive resilience is beyond question, Al Hain-Cole expects their lack of a cutting edge in attack to cost them when they visit a strong home team
La Roja came back from two goals down to made it nine home wins in a row with a 3-2 victory over Egypt on Saturday and are clear favourites 2/7 (1.29) with Paddy Power to reach double figures tonight.
Having succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay on Friday, Michael O’Neill’s men are 10/1 (11.00) outsiders to earn just a second win in 22 matches against more South American opposition.
The visitors have picked up draws in two of their last four games on the road, but remain up against it at 4/1 (5.00) to earn a share of the spoils in the back yard of such imposing opposition here.
Despite the defeat, O’Neill will have been delighted with his team’s performance in Montevideo given their relative inexperience at this level, having handed a debut to three players.
As is often the case, the Northern Irish players demonstrated great determination in restricting the world’s sixth best team to just a single goal, remaining impenetrable for over an hour thanks to an organised display.
However, while this solid defensive approach has now seen them concede a respectable 15 goals in their last 13 matches, the flipside is a return of just nine scored at the other end in that period, with just one of those coming in the last five fixtures.
Realistically, O’Neill’s men are unlikely to succeed where the previous 26 visitors have failed in preventing Jorge Sampaoli’s prolific side from scoring, meaning their lack of attacking prowess is likely to prove all the more costly.
With Chile certain to dominate, odds of 10/11 (1.91) seem rather generous on them winning to nil for the fifth time in eight home games, against a side that have scored just once in their last five.
|Chile to win to nil for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
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