class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With their preparations for the Olympics having been disrupted, Al Hain-Cole expects Team GB to struggle to get up and running against Letelier’s side
Team GB will begin their quest for Olympic gold when they take on Chile at the Sapporo Dome on Wednesday.
Hege Riise’s team are taking part in this tournament for only the second time, having qualified thanks to England securing one of the top three places among European teams at the 2019 World Cup.
Great Britain vs Chile latest odds
Knocked out in the quarter-finals at London 2012, Team GB are 1/8 (1.13) favourites with bet365 to get this campaign off to a winning start in Japan.
Chile are taking part in their first ever Olympics after beating Cameroon in the intercontinental play-offs and are 18/1 (19.00) outsiders to make it a debut to remember by pulling off a shock victory.
Two of the South Americans’ last three matches have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 7/1 (8.00) on them earning a creditable point here.
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19 of the 22 woman squad are English, with Wales’ Sophie Ingle completing the selection alongside Kim Little and Caroline Weir of Scotland.
Goalkeeper Christiane Endler is the biggest star for Jose Letelier’s side, having been selected in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Squad of the Season for the past two campaigns.
Great Britain vs Chile preview
While able to call upon a star-studded squad that includes Best FIFA Women’s Player Lucy Bronze, PFA and FWA Player of the Year Fran Kirby and World Cup 2019 bronze boot winner Ellen White, Riise has not had much opportunity to get the team prepared for this competition.
Indeed, last week’s behind-closed-doors friendly victory over New Zealand was the Norwegian coach’s first game in charge of a team that had never previously played together, with Covid-19 restrictions disrupting other scheduled fixtures.
In contrast, the Chile team are made up of players that have played alongside each other to great effect over the past five years, a period that has seen many of the women benefit from the domestic league’s increasing professionalisation.
Great Britain vs Chile predictions
Having held 2016 Olympic gold medallists Germany to a 0-0 draw in last month’s friendly, odds of 21/20 (2.05) could offer decent value on them frustrating Team GB in a match featuring under 2.5 goals.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.