World Cup Group B pits the two finalists from the 2010 vintage against one another in a diamond-decorated pool that’s sure to get the juices coursing.
Names don’t come much bigger in international football than Spain and the Netherlands, who are being forced to listen to the numerous ghost stories in circulation purporting Chile’s potential to bump one of the big lads on the first homeward bound flight from Brazil.
Then there’s Australia, armed with nothing other than a slingshot, a handful of pebbles and Tim Cahill, they’ll be swinging hard to prevent the bullies pilfering their lunch money and, while they haven’t been afforded much hope of hanging on to it, all of these factors conspire to make for some pulsating soccer.
In addition to fantastic football, Group B also offers punters some belting betting opportunities – grab ‘em while they’re hot.
Spain/Netherlands to finish first and second @ 7/4
Don’t believe the hype, Colman’s finest will prove to tough for Chile to cut in amongst the gold and silver medallists from 2010.
Neither side lost a game in qualifying, conceding a combined eight goals from their 18 matches and, aside from a few dodgy friendlies, there’s little to suggest they’re on the wane.
The Aussies will have the South Americans mapped out as their safest path to three points too.
Under 15.5 goals to be scored in Group B @ Evens
Spain triumphed in South Africa after scoring just eight goals, half of which they plundered in the group stage.
Tot up the totals mustered by all four participants in 2010 and backers of this bet would be in the money.
Much will depend on how the Socceroos’ rearguard holds up against the best attacking intentions of the three superior sides they’re to face; if they can avoid a few hidings this bet is as good as in.
Australia to finish on three points @ 73/20
The Aussies won at least once in both of their previous tournaments despite having to guard their lugs against the choruses of the doubt mongers.
Germany, Serbia and Ghana were all fancied to plunder the points from their games with Australia in 2010, as were Brazil, Croatia and Japan four years prior, yet Socceroos fans still got to savour some World Cup bragging rights.