2014 World Cup Betting – Group B Preview

5th January 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

2014 World Cup Group B betting will produce one of the most fascinating matches of the entire first round, as a repeat of the 2010 final will play itself out. Reigning world Cup champions Spain will take on the Netherlands in the group, which is likely to be a scrap for top spot, given the fact that Chile and Australia are the ones who will be making up the numbers there.

It is Spain who are running at 8/11 favourites to win the group at online betting site Bet365 ahead of the Netherlands at 5/2. Spain have won their last three major tournaments on the bounce, but the question marks over their ability to make it four in a row by retaining their World Cup title are being asked. Is the golden era of Spanish football coming to an end? The thing about the Spaniards, is that in the heat of Brazil, they may just have the games to at least push hard for a title defence.

Spain’s famous tiki-taka football will serve them well. Vicente del Bosque slowed down their play at the 2012 European Championships and they then turned on the afterburners when it mattered most, crushing the challenge of Italy in the final. They ooze the class that has made them one of the best sides in the world, but you do have concerns over their lack of a genuine number nine. That may not matter too much to Del Bosque, who can send out his side without one. It is the ball retention which grinds down opposition that will be a big asset for the Spaniards at Brazil 2014.

But many punters are eyeing up the Netherlands and will be thinking that they are a very big price to win the tournament. Holland are out at 28/1 in 2014 World Cup betting, compared to the 7/1 shots that Spain are. Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal will be expected to take the Dutch at least to the quater finals. They flew through their qualification group, dropping just two points along the way (the best record posted by a European side) and they have a very strong, determined and opinionated man at the helm in Van Gaal. He may not be a traditionalist but he has gotten things done in his managerial career.

Still, when it comes to major tournaments, there are usually dressing room dramas to cause some unrest with the Dutch. That is where the biggest question marks rest with them, their mental approach. So perhaps the most interesting game will see the Netherlands go up against  Chile. The Chileans, coached by Jorge Sampaoli, a strong disciple of Marcelo Bielsa, aren’t looking a particularly strong side after finishing third in the CONMEBOL qualification zone, but they will be adventurous and see the game against Holland as their best shot of reaching the knockout stage. It is one where the Dutch’s ambitions will be tested the hardest.

Robin van Persie was joint top scorer through World Cup qualification (11) and punters will naturally take a look at him in the World Cup Top Goalscorer market. The thing about the Netherlands is that they have a style which suits them under Van Gaal and a fit Van Persie should flourish.

In Spain v Netherlands World Cup Betting, the Spaniards are Even money favourites to take the win in the group’s opening match on June 13th, 2014 in Salvador. Chile will take on Australia in the other group match, with the Socceroos more than likely to finish with the wooden spoon of Group B.

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