World Cup 2010: Chile vs Spain preview & time – next plane home?

World Cup 2010: Chile vs Spain preview & time – next plane home?

Today is a crucial day at the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa as it sees the very last of the group stage matches. Four more games that will decide which teams progress to the Round of 16 and which teams go home early. One such game is that of Chile vs Spain, a group H match, being played at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

The kick-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm local time or see the World Clock here for the time wherever you are. Chile and Spain are dynamic attacking teams so this should be an exciting match but Spain had a shock result in their opening match of the tournament when beaten by Switzerland. Spain were the pre-tournament favourites and this must have been a major blow to their confidence.

As the group stands at the moment, Chile are at the top with 6 points so look likely to go through to the knock-out stage, though this is not guaranteed. Honduras is at the bottom on 0 points. Spain and Switzerland are jointly second with 3 points apiece and so are fighting for a place in the top two to take them through. That Spain should still be struggling to get through to the next stage has been one of the major upsets of the tournament. Will they be following both Italy and France on the next plane home?

In today’s match Chile will have to do without both Matias Fernandez and Carlos Carmona, both currently suspended. Their likely replacements would be Jorge Valdivia and Rodrigo Millar respectively. For Spain David Villa and Fernando Torres will likely be paired up front while Andres Iniesta is now fit to play after injury.

The bad news for Chile is that in the 7 times they’ve played Spain in previous matches, they’ve never beaten them. However Spain were never beaten by Switzerland either before this tournament so it really is anyone’s game. For more on this go to BBC Sport. We’d be interested to hear your predictions for the score for Chile vs Spain so please do send in your comments.

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