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Group B qualifiers to feature in another open match

June 23, 2014

There have been several superb 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil games and the Group B decider between the Netherlands and Chile could be another one that lives long in one’s memory.

Both the Netherlands and Chile are guaranteed to participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 but the odds are that the one of them will run into the host nation. To give oneself the best chance of avoiding Brazil, one must top Group B. To do that, the Netherlands needs to avoid defeat, whereas Chile needs to defeat the Dutch.

Chile is the most attacking team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and it has nothing to lose from going for the jugular of the Netherlands from the first whistle in Sao Paulo. Chile knows only one way to play and, even if La Roja gets itself in front against the Netherlands, they are unlikely to sit on their lead unless there are just a few minutes to go.

The Netherlands has looked far from secure at the back in its 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B wins over Spain and Australia, failing to keep a clean sheet in either of its victories. One thinks that Chile’s approach will force the Netherlands to fight fire with fire and, with both sides better attacking than defending, fireworks are likely.

The real beauty of betting on over two and a half goals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at odds of 1.81 with Unibet is that there is unlikely to be a point in the first 85 minutes in which the game is not stretched. That should equals goals and, certainly, one would not dissuade anyone from backing over three and a half goals at odds of 3.05 with Unibet or both teams to score at odds of 1.65 with BetVictor.

Spain will not want to go home with the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B wooden spoon and its meeting with Australia, which will not be anywhere near full strength, provides La Roja with the perfect opportunity to register a victory.

Tim Cahill, the only Australia player to score a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil goal from open play – Mile Jedinak scored from the penalty mark after the Socceroos received a very generous award versus the Netherlands – is suspended. And Australia is likely to line up against Spain without a couple of its best midfielders, Mark Bresciano and Mark Milligan. Australia’s defence is well below the required standard and, while the Socceroos have blistering pace up front and out wide, they are going to have a hard time getting the ball off Spain’s stars and to their forwards.

Spain spanking Australia is not going to save its 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil campaign but that is what one is betting will happen in the Group B dead rubber in Curitiba. As well as Australia has played in its two matches, the fact remains that the Socceroos have conceded three goals to both Chile and the Netherlands. One is backing Spain to do a number on Australia, with the pick of the betting options being the Spaniards to cover a one-goal handicap line at odds of 2.05 with Youwin. It should be an open game but bookmakers have taken evasive action regarding over two and a half goals.

Group A of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil wraps up with the host nation facing Cameroon and Croatia tackling Mexico. One does not want to get heavily involved in the match between Brazil and Cameroon. Brazil should win but the Selecao are prohibitively short odds and Cameroon, which has nothing for which to play, could either play with reckless abandon and put the frighteners on a nervy home team or roll over and have its stomach tickled. It is a no-bet game. Croatia is the marginal favourite for its match against Mexico, with the former needing to win to make the round of 16. One leans towards Croatia but there are better bets on the day.

Tips Summary

Netherlands v Chile Over 2.5 goals (3.5 goals)
23rd June 17:00 GMT
Odds: 1.81 (3.05)
Where to Bet: Unibet

Spain -1 to beat Australia
23rd June 17:00 GMT
Odds: 2.05
Where to Bet: Youwin

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    Eric Roberts
    Eric Roberts

    Sports Journalist

    Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.