World Cup 2014 Predictions: Which Nation Will Triumph?IBTimes UK

Chile take on Australia in the second match of Group B at the 2014 Fifa World Cup at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, on Friday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 11pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on ITV 1.


Chile are one of the five South American teams excluding the hosts, Brazil, to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup. They secured third place in the CONMEBOL(South American Football Confederation) qualification stage with 28 points from 16 matches to secure a place in the competition.

Jorge Sampaoli's men travelled to Brazil having registered victories against Egypt (3-2) and Northern Ireland (2-0) in their warm-up matches but the 54-year-old coach has been left to sweat over the fitness of his Arturo Vidal who is troubled by a knee injury.

Everyone in the La Roja camp will be hoping that the 27-year-old Juventus midfielder will win his race to be fit for this fixture.

Meanwhile, Australia are one of the four teams from the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) to qualify for the tournament for the third successive time in their history.

The Socceroos were among the top five teams in the third round of qualification where they finished second in Group B with 13 points to earn their ticket to Brazil.

Ange Postecoglou's side failed to win both their warm-up matches, played before travelling to South America. After being held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa they lost 1-0 to Croatia in their final match last Saturday.

The Greek-born Australian coach will be hoping that his side will step up at the main event and begin their campaign on a high with all three points against the Chileans.

This game is the best chance for either side to secure a valuable three points ahead of meetings with world champions Spain and runners-up Netherlands in the subsequent fixtures.

What Managers Say

Jorge Sampaoli: "We want to go as far as possible. We want to make history with this group. We hope to go all the way. We have a great generation of players and we have worked really hard to be here. We hope that people enjoy our play and above all, we want to be champions."

Ange Postecoglou (Australia): "Chile's aspirations are not just to get out of the group but really do something in the tournament. They have a great belief. Any team you face at any level who have a great deal of belief in themselves are a difficult opponent. You know that no matter how the game goes, they're going to stick to their way of football. That's the biggest thing for us to overcome - we're going to get tested, we're playing against the best in the world. Hopefully our players have a similar belief."

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W L W L
  • Last Result: Chile 2-0 Northern Ireland


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D L W W
  • Last Result: Croatia 1-0 Australia

Team News


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Arturo Vidal (knee)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Bravo; Jara, Rojas, Medel; Isla, Diaz, Vladivia, Gutierrez, Mena; Sanchez, Vargas


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Mark Bresciano (back)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Ryan; Franjic, Spiranovic, McGowan, Davidson; Milligan, Jedinak, Bresciano; Halloran, Cahill, Oar