The first round of matches are underway at the FIFA World Cup, as group B holds its breath for a less-celebrated but intriguing encounter between La Roja Chile and The Socceroos Australia. SportzWiki runs down a list of 5 players to watch in the match, and we tell you why they are worth a watch.
- ARTURO VIDAL (Chile)
The midfield terrier who plays for Italian giants Juventus, Arturo Vidal can be regarded as one of the best and most complete midfielders of this generation. He is a high-energy, box-to-box midfielder who creates and scores goals for fun, and has also captained Chile on occasions. Vidal is a set-piece specialist for his country; expect him to add a few goals to his tally, be they his inch perfect penalties or curling free-kicks. Vidal is the man to watch for Chile, and much hope rests on his able shoulders.
- ALEXIS SANCHEZ (Chile)
The biggest star of his country, Alexis Sanchez will be spearheading the Chilean attack against Australia. The diminutive and pacey forward plays as a winger for his club Barcelona, but will be expected to carry most of the goalscoring burden for his nation. Sanchez almost always plays well for his country, and he is again expected to set the stage on fire after his 2010 fireworks.
- EDUARDO VARGAS (Chile)
The young attacker is another brilliant frontman who will pair up with the aforementioned Sanchez in Chile’s attack. Both Sanchez and Vargas aren’t the typical, target-man no9s, nor are they the playmakers or floating no10s. Both are somewhere in between, and either of Vargas or Sanchez is always in the box whenever Chile attack through the flanks. Vargas is an exciting, unpredictable talent who could well become the new Sanchez, after an electrifying season at Valencia.
- MILES JEDINAK (Australia)
The Australian captain and current Player of the Year is a vital cog in a mediocre Socceroos side. Jedinak is expected to put a lid on Chile’s fast attackers and prevent them from linking with the midfield, but his will be an unforgiving job at the very best. Jedinak will be tasked with keeping the likes of Vidal at bay, and with the support he is afforded, he qualities will be tested to the hilt. Nevertheless, Premier Leagues torch bearer in the number of interceptions and tackles last season, Jedinak will be no pushover.
- TIM CAHILL (Australia)
The experienced forward has little to prove but will be shouldering an entire nations attacking burden in Brazil. Cahill is at his third straight World Cup, and will look to carry Australia through with his invaluable experience. Cahill’s aerial prowess is a great asset, while his corner-flag-punching celebration is a sight to behold. Chile will be particularly wary of his strengths, but Cahill has always managed to find his way to goal. He is one player worth a watch.