You might find this hard to believe, but Alexis Sanchez is playing well.
In Chile’s first Copa America Group C match, he notched the winner against a stubborn Ecuador side. A few days later, the Man United forward scored one and assisted another in his country’s 4-0 thrashing of Japan.
More importantly, he looks like he gives a sh*t again. And an Alexis who gives a sh*t is a seriously dangerous player.
Next up for the Chileans are Uruguay in a clash that will decide who qualifies top of the group. The runner-up will have to face either Brazil or Colombia, so a win is key. With Sanchez firing on all cylinders for the first time in about three years, you’d have to think he’ll get on the scoresheet at some stage in this match.
Neither of these teams are world beaters, but Japan still have something to play for.
Depending on results, the Samurai Blue could still progress to the knockout rounds of the tournament. They lie third in Group C, but aren’t out of it yet and a win would put them in a good position to progress as one of the two best third-placed teams.
Hajime Moriyasu’s side showed enough in their 2-2 draw with Uruguay to suggest that they are a good unit on their day. And then, of course, their task is made easier by the fact that Ecuador are already out – and aren’t a particularly good side.
All things considered, the signs point to the Asian nation having the edge over their South American counterparts.
Pick: Japan to win – 21/10
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