Monday June 23rd, 2014

Spain is a favorite in World Cup betting action on Monday, but will be playing only for pride as it has no chance of advancing into the round of 16.

It will face the Australians, who are 8-1 underdogs in the match, on a day when host Brazil also plays its third match.

Cameroon is a 25-1 dog to pull the upset against Brazil and is nearly 9-1 to manage a draw. Elsewhere, a crucial Group B clash pits Chile against the Dutch. Both have advanced but the winner avoids Brazil in the next round.

Group B: Australia vs. Spain

Spain is a -300 favorite going up against Australia, with Australia paying +800 to win and +425 to draw. The two-way line has Spain at -1.5 (-105) and Australia at +1.5 (-115). The total is set at 2.5 goals.

While the idea of lowly Australia making it a game against Spain would have once been considered ridiculous, it is very much a possibility here in 2014. Spain has been outscored 7-1 over its first two games, and Australia looked strong in a 3-2 loss to the Netherlands in its last match.

Both teams are already eliminated and so pride will be the motivating factor here. 

Group B: Netherlands vs. Chile

Group B boils down to a final showdown between Netherlands and Chile and bookmakers have it as a true pick'em. Both sides are +160 to win with the draw going off at +250. The total is set at 2.5 goals.

Both of these teams looked great in wins over Spain and are now playing for the top seed of Group B. Considering the loser of this game is likely to face Brazil first in the knockout stage, there's a lot at stake despite the fact that both teams have already advanced. 

In the event of a draw, Netherlands would win the group due to goal differential.

Group A: Cameroon vs. Brazil

Brazil enters this game as the biggest favorite in the tournament so far, going off at -1000 to win. Cameroon is +2500 to pull off the upset and +850 to force a draw. Brazil is a 2.5-point favorite at +105 over Cameroon +2.5 at -125. The total is set at 3.5 goals.

As Iran proved in an impressive 1-0 loss to Argentina, even the biggest of underdogs in this tournament can put up a fight. However, the deck is stacked against Cameroon going up against the host country that needs a win coming off of a frustrating 0-0 draw against Mexico.

Brazil will bring its best effort in this game and that could spell trouble for Cameroon.

Group A: Croatia vs. Mexico

Croatia is a slight pick'em favorite over Mexico on the two-way line at -120 while Mexico is +100 to win the game. On the three-way line, Croatia is +145, Mexico is +180 and the draw is +250. The total is set at 2.5 goals.

Both teams control their own destiny heading into this final match. Mexico can advance with a win or draw while Croatia must win to advance. Both teams looked outstanding in their last games with Mexico drawing Brazil 0-0 and Croatia crushing Cameroon 4-0.

It set the stage for what should be a great showdown for a spot in the knockout round.

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