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23 June 2014

Groups A and B come to a close - take a look at our odds!

A place in the knockout stage is very much anyone’s in Group A, while the Netherlands and Chile will battle in out for top spot in Group B on their way to the last 16.

Groups A and B come to a close on Monday, with so much still yet to be decided.

Australia vs. Spain, 17:00
If you thought being English was something to lament at World Cup 2014, just imagine how the Spanish are feeling. Coming into the tournament as heavy favourites to land their fourth major-tournament title in succession, Spain have been dumped out at the first hurdle thanks to defeats to both the Netherlands and Chile.

Though Monday’s clash against Australia is somewhat of a dead rubber, Vincente del Bosque’s side will be desperate to give their fans something to cheer and are 2/5 with SkyBet to go out of the World Cup with a bang.

Xabi Alonso’s penalty in the 5-1 demolition at the hands of the Dutch is the only goal that Spain have netted in this year’s tournament, but they shouldn’t have a problem finding their way to goal against the shaky Aussies.

Australia have conceded three goals in both of their Group B games and you can get Spain to win 3-1 or 3-0 at 9/1 with SkyBet.

With Tim Cahill injured, Australia will need to look elsewhere for goals if they’re to give their hefty following something to cheer, and industrious winger Mathew Leckie is 12/1 to net the opener against Spain with SkyBet having looked dangerous throughout so far.

Both teams will undoubtedly be looking to put on a show in Curitiba with nothing to lose, making SkyBet’s odds of over 4.5 goals at 3/1 look worth a punt.

Netherlands vs. Chile, 17:00
Group B’s top two will both be desperate for a victory in Sao Paulo, with the group winners’ prize of avoiding hosts Brazil in the last 16 looking invaluable.

Chile and Netherlands have looked in fine fettle so far having both disposed of world champions Spain comfortably and it’s looking like being a tight affair to round off Group B – making a draw look a sensible bet at 12/5 with SkyBet.

That draw would see Chile go through as runners-up on goal difference, which means the South Americans will undoubtedly be deploying an all-out-attacking approach to see them over the line. Striker Eduardo Vargas netted the opener against Spain and he’s 7/1 to do the same against the Dutch.

However, in Arjen Robben, the Netherlands have a player that’s proved he’s more than capable of finding the net. The Bayern Munich star is the joint highest scorer in the World Cup, with three, and is 11/8 to make it four with a goal in 90 minutes against Chile.

With Robin van Persie suspended and Chile’s back line looking impenetrable, it could come down to the odd goal at the Arena de Sao Paulo, making SkyBet’s odds of 11/4 for their to be less than 1.5 goals in the match look appealing.

Cameroon vs. Brazil, Croatia vs. Mexico, 21:00
Group A comes to a close in the late games on Monday, with Croatia taking on Mexico while Brazil face the already eliminated Cameroon.

The hosts, Brazil, have looked a little unconvincing so far, but shouldn’t have a problem disposing of Cameroon and coming through Group A as champions.

A victory and a draw against Croatia and Mexico respectively rather flatters Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men and they can ill afford another poor performance with the possibility of going out still looming large.

However, as Cameroon have proved so far this tournament, they’re hardly the fiercest of oppositions and Brazil are 13/2 to win 3-0 with SkyBet.

With Samuel Eto’o unlikely to play any part in the match, the chances of the African nation finding the net are very slim, making the hosts’ odds of 4/6 to win to nil with SkyBet worth a bet.

Croatia and Mexico showdown in the group’s other game, with both sides needing a result to qualify for the last 16. 

Both teams are 17/10 to win the match with SkyBet, while a draw stands at 23/10. Goals are expected to rain down at the Arena Pernambuco as Croatia and Mexico go all out for the victory and you can get over 3.5 goals at 3/1 with SkyBet.

It’s the first four-day match of the World Cup so far and with some brilliant matchups in prospect, it’s bound to be a thrilling day. With SkyBet, you can make it that little bit more exciting.

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