The Netherlands' 5-1 win over Spain sent shockwaves through the soccer world on Friday, making the Dutch look like a World Cup contender and Spain look like pretenders.
Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday playing their second game of the tournament in Group B, with the Dutch facing an overmatched Australia side and Spain facing a must-win scenario against a dangerous Chile team.
Group A action also resumes with the Croatians facing Cameroon, both of whom lost their openers and have renewed hope after Tuesday’s scoreless draw between Brazil and Mexico.
Group B: Australia vs. Netherlands
Australia enters this game as the biggest underdog of the tournament so far, going off at +1400 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com to upset the Netherlands outright and +650 to force a draw. The Netherlands is a -600 favorite on the three-way line and a -1.5 favorite at -165 over Australia +1.5 (+135).
The total is set at 2.5 goals, with the Over favored at -200 over the Under (+165).
The only real concern for the Netherlands here is the potential of a letdown game after its emotionally charged blowout win over Spain. Australia will obviously bring its best effort with pride on the line, and the Dutch squad could look at this game as an easy three points and not come out with its best effort.
If the Netherlands is just going through the motions, an inferior but hungry Aussie side might be able to make it a game. But if the Dutch come out with the same intensity that it played with against Spain, this could be a long day for the Australians.
Group B: Spain vs. Chile
Spain is a -180 favorite on Wednesday's game against Chile. Chile would pay +440 to win the game outright or +350 if the two teams play to a draw. Bettors can also wager on Chile at +0.5 (+150). The total for the game is set at 2.5 goals.
Spain has dominated international play for years, making last week's loss to the Netherlands that much more stunning. After conceding just two total goals in seven games in the 2010 World Cup, the Spanish squad has already allowed five goals in just one game in 2014.
The question that fans and bettors are asking is whether that game was a fluke, or whether Spain's best days are behind it?
Chile should help provide an answer to that question on Wednesday. Chile possesses an excellent attack, and should Spain's defense be as bad as it looked against the Dutch, Chile will take advantage of it, too.
Spain will need a much better effort to get the three points it desperately needs.
Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia
Croatia is a -170 favorite going up against Cameroon. Cameroon is +475 to win the game outright, +300 to play to a draw, and +140 to combine those two bets with a wager on Cameroon +0.5. The total is set at 2.5 goals.
After Mexico's impressive draw against Brazil, Croatia is going to need a win in its final group game against Mexico to advance into the knockout round. But before worrying about that showdown, Croatia needs to take care of business as the favorite in this game against Cameroon.
Croatia looked strong in its first half against Brazil before the game eventually got away in the second half.