Chile Has Home “Cancha” Advantage

Chile will easily defeat Switzerland in Group H play today in the city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  This may seem like a relatively safe pick.  Chile had something like a 40:1  chance of winning the World Cup according to Ladbrokes going into the tournament; Switzerland 150:1.  Latin American teams have dominated so far with a 67% winning percentage compared to 35% for European teams.  But hold on.  The Alpine nation defeated the team favored to win the tournament – Spain.  Chile on the other hand, bested lightly regarded Honduras, a team least likely to win the Cup.  Switzerland has the momentum, but Chile has the X factor:  LATITUDE.

Did you know that Port Elizabeth, the host city of today’s match, has the same latitude as Santiago, Chile – 33º?  Chile is accustomed to playing in southerly climes and therefore has the home court, the home “cancha”, the home pitch, the home field advantage.  Vamos Chile!


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