Brazil - Chile Betting Preview: Expect a high-scoring start to the knockout stages

Phil Kitromilides believes we have seen enough from these two sides so far in the tournament to suggest both of them can get on the scoresheet on Saturday
The first match of the World Cup's knockout stages is without doubt the tie of the round as hosts Brazil face a Chile side who have been one of the most enjoyable to watch in the tournament so far.

La Roja disposed of reigning champions Spain before succumbing to a slightly harsh 2-0 defeat to Netherlands and if we have learned one thing from seeing Jorge Sampaoli's side play, it is that they will without doubt give it a go.

Yet they are clear outsiders, with bet365 offering them at 5/1 (6.00) to win in 90 minutes.

Brazil, meanwhile, who began to look the part in their final group game against Cameroon are available at 8/13 (1.61) with the draw priced at 16/5 (4.20).

With Chile possessing an exciting, attacking brand of football and Brazil capable of turning on the style, it seems likely that we should expect goals.

Over 2.5 goals is offered at 4/5 (1.80) but more tempting is the price of 5/6 (1.83) for both teams to score, which seems a little generous.

Most people would expect Brazil to find the back of the net in 90 minutes (despite failing to do so against Mexico), so logic therefore dictates that we are taking the price of 5/6 (1.83) for Chile to score and when put like that it becomes even more appealing.

La Roja were the second highest scorers in South American qualifying and managed to put two past a shell-shocked Spain last week.

They are a side that create plenty of chances and if they can take just one of them, this should prove to be a profitable selection.

Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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