World Cup Betting Odds Preview, Sunday matches
Sunday's soccer betting card features four of the most surprising teams of the 2014 World Cup and sees the biggest pre-tournament long shot as the favorite in its match.
Mexico and Netherlands both exceeded expectations in the group stage, while Costa Rica and Greece were not expected to advance and are among the biggest underdogs to win the title.
Each team will look to keep its impressive run to date going with a trip to the quarterfinals.
Netherlands vs. Mexico
Netherlands is a +100 favorite to win the game within 90 minutes and added time. Mexico would pay +275 to win the game and +250 to send it to extra time.
Netherlands entered the World Cup in poor form, but that was quickly forgotten when the team smashed Spain 5-1 to open up group play. Tacking on a 3-2 win over Australia and a 2-0 win over Chile, Netherlands suddenly looks like a favorite to win the entire tournament as opposed to the struggling team it was supposed to be.
Brazil’s struggle Saturday against Chile underscores that the tournament is wide open and the Dutch are looking solid.
Mexico was also in awful form in the qualifying round, barely making it to the World Cup. But a head coaching change has worked wonders for the team, which has played brilliantly under Miguel Herrera.
Mexico didn't allow a goal in the group stage, defeating Cameroon 1-0, Croatia 3-0 and drawing Brazil 0-0. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa turned in one of the finest performances of the tournament in the tie vs. Brazil.
Confidence was the biggest question mark for these two teams entering the tournament, but entering this game it is now a strength for both squads. Both will be happy to attack and trade blows, setting the stage for another exciting match in a year that has provided plenty of them.
Costa Rica vs. Greece
Costa Rica is going off at +135 to win over Greece without needing extra time. Both Greece to win and the game's 90 minutes plus added time ending in a draw are going off at +220.
Greece is a +120 underdog on the pick'em line with Costa Rica favored at -145. The total is set at two goals.
The only non-champion in the "group of champions" that featured Italy, England and Uruguay, Costa Rica was projected to be the pushover in a three-horse race. Instead, Costa Rica was clearly the best team in the group, picking up a 3-1 win over Uruguay and a 1-0 win over Italy before a scoreless draw with England.
The team didn't look like an underdog getting lucky; it played well in all three games.
Greece's World Cup started off with a nightmare 3-0 loss to Colombia. Down to 10 men against Japan, Greece refused to yield on defense and earned a point in a 0-0 tie.
Greece found the back of the net twice in a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast, including the game winner in the 93rd minute to earn this spot.
Goals will be extremely hard to come by in this matchup of Cinderella teams as both possess fantastic defenses.
Don’t be surprised when the games goes to penalty kicks at 0-0.