Reinaldo Rueda’s men have won the last two editions of this competition, although failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup and arrive in Brazil on the back of just five wins in 13 friendly matches.
Nevertheless, they are 4/6 (1.67) favourites with 888Sport to begin the defence of their title in positive fashion with an opening victory at the Estadio do Morumbi.
The Samurai Blue picked up just one point from a possible nine in their only previous guest appearance in this competition back in 1999, but can be backed at 7/1 (8.00) to record a first ever win here, or 17/5 (4.40) to earn a draw.
Hajime Moriyaso has included 16 uncapped players in his squad, as he uses this tournament to prepare for next summer’s Olympics.
Alexis Sanchez will face a late fitness test after he missed the 2-1 friendly victory over Haiti due to an ankle injury.
While Sanchez’s absence would be a major blow to La Roja’s attack, they may be even more concerned about things at the other end of the pitch.
With nothing to lose, a youthful Japanese team featuring the talents of new Real Madrid signing Takefusa Kubo will be eager to put any defensive vulnerability to the test.
Nevertheless, the quality in the Chilean team should ensure they punish the inexperienced guest team, making odds of 29/20 (2.45) look particularly generous on both teams finding the net in an entertaining clash.