Over two and a half goals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B game between Chile and Australia is the best bet on the second day of the biggest betting event on the planet.
Chile’s all-out attacking style has the potential to make it everyone’s second favourite 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil team. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is a disciple of former La Roja boss Marcelo Bielsa and he marked out himself as a manager who subscribes to the theory that attack is the best form of defence when he led Universidad de Chile to three domestic league championships and the Copa Sudamericana title.
The beauty about Sampaoli is that, irrespective of opponent, he sends out his side to play the same way. Chile will press high up the field and it will go for the jugular of not only Australia but also the Netherlands and Spain in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B. Chile will be fun to watch.
Australia may be more entertaining than most people think. Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has a deserved reputation for building teams that play attractive football and, with the Socceroos building towards the 2015 AFC Asian Cup that will take place in Oz, they are under very little pressure to perform well in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Fans in Australia have written off their side’s chance of getting out of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B but they would like to see the Socceroos have a crack at beating their rivals. What irked Australia supporters in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa was not that the Socceroos crashed out in the group stage but that they played defensively, which goes against the nation’s sporting ethos.
Chile scored 29 goals in its 16 CONMEBOL qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, scoring at least two goals in each of its last six games en route to the big event. Also, in the last 12 months, Chile has scored two goals in a friendly versus Spain in Switzerland and beaten England 2-0 in London. One cannot imagine Chile failing to defeat Australia and one thinks that La Roja may cover the over-two-and-a-half-goals line on its own. Australia has an inexperienced defence that conceded four goals to Ecuador in a friendly in London three months ago. That is the Ecuador team that is generally hopeless outside its own country.
Australia’s best player is Tim Cahill and the veteran ought to fancy his chance of getting on the scoresheet against a Chile side that gave up 25 goals and kept just five clean sheets in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
BetVictor, Boylesports and Paddy Power are offering odds of 2.10 that the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia goes over two and a half goals. One thinks that over should be vying for favouritism.
Neither the Netherlands nor Spain will want to lose their first 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B game so one is expecting a tight affair, particularly as the Dutch have transitioned to a 5-3-2 system that clearly Louis van Gaal thinks his side needs to quell the attacking threat of not only the Spanish but also the Chileans. The Netherlands has not been playing sufficiently well to warrant support so it comes down to a choice between Spain and the draw if one wants to bet on the match result. Spain is fairly priced at odds of 1.85 with several bookmakers, including Bet365, Ladbrokes and Sky Bet, but under two and a half goals at odds of 1.53 with 888sport, Sky Bet and Unibet appeals more.
Each of Spain’s last four games have gone under two and a half goals and the Netherlands is on a five-match run of under-two-and-a-half-goals matches. One thinks that Spain will dominate possession but experience difficulty in breaking down a Netherlands defence high in numbers.
Finally, Cameroon and Mexico meet in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A opener. Both teams will view the game as a must-win match given their pool’s composition so one is expecting an open encounter. Mexico is one token’s pick at odds of 2.38 with Coral in what is a tough game to call, with recent collateral form lines featuring Portugal favouring El Tri over the Indomitable Lions.
Mexico to beat Cameroon
13th June 17:00
Where to Bet: Coral