Brazil vs. Chile Free Pick

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BRAZIL (The Spread) – Can Brazil start the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup off right by beating Chile in front of its home fans?

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These two meet in the first game of the knockout stage today at Noon ET. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Brazil comes into the match favored to win in regulation time, as it has odds of -200 to do so. Chile has been given odds of +500 to win in regulation, while the odds of the match ending tied at 90 minutes has been set at +350. The over/under total for the match has been set at 2.5 goals.

Brazil went 2-0-1 in group play as part of Group A, scoring a total of seven goals in the three games while allowing just two. Chile went 2-1-0 in Group B, tallying five goals while allowing three.

WORLD CUP FREE PICK: Brazil is the favorite to win the World Cup for a reason. It has been very impressive in group play, failing to lose in any matches. Brazil could be 3-0 coming into this match if not for a Herculean performance by Mexico’s goaltender. Chile certainly has had its high points as well, but the concern for them will be finding offense against Brazil. Chile hasn’t faced the great defensive teams yet, and Brazil brings the package of a strong offense with a strong defense. While Chile may keep the game close with its defense, look for Brazil to sneak a few past and pick up a win in regulation.

WORLD CUP FREE PICK: BRAZIL -200

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