World Cup 2014: Groups Fixtures, Standings and Latest Odds Before Day 2

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World Cup 2014: Groups Fixtures, Standings and Latest Odds Before Day 2
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Just one match in, it's already clear we are in store for a scintillating World Cup. 

It was unfortunate that Brazil vs. Croatia was ultimately stooped in controversy after the hosts were wrongly awarded a match-deciding penalty, but the deserving team came away with three points nonetheless, and it was still a thrilling back-and-forth match for the most part. 

Should we get 63 more like the opener—just less penalties, please—it's going to be a magical month of soccer. 

 

Upcoming Fixtures

2014 World Cup Schedule
Group A Local Time Time (ET) Time (BST)
Match Date
Brazil vs. Croatia (Brazil wins 3-1) Thursday, June 12 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 9 p.m.
Mexico vs. Cameroon Friday, June 13 1 p.m. Noon 5 p.m.
Group B
Spain vs. Netherlands Friday, June 13 4 p.m. 3 p.m. 8 p.m.
Chile vs. Australia Friday, June 13 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 p.m.
Group C
Colombia vs. Greece Saturday, June 14 1 p.m. Noon 5 p.m.
Ivory Coast vs. Japan Saturday, June 14 10 p.m. 9 p.m. 2 a.m. (June 15)
Group D
Uruguay vs. Costa Rica Saturday, June 14 4 p.m. 3 p.m. 8 p.m.
England vs. Italy Saturday, June 14 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 p.m.
Group E
Switzerland vs. Ecuador Sunday, June 15 1 p.m. Noon 5 p.m.
France vs. Honduras Sunday, June 15 4 p.m. 3 p.m. 8 p.m.
Group F
Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina Sunday, June 15 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 p.m.
Iran vs. Nigeria Monday, June 16 4 p.m. 3 p.m. 8 p.m.
Group G
Germany vs. Portugal Monday, June 16 1 p.m. Noon 5 p.m.
United States vs. Ghana Monday, June 16 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 p.m.
Group H
Belgium vs. Algeria Tuesday, June 17 1 p.m. Noon 5 p.m.
Russia vs. South Korea Tuesday, June 17 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 p.m.

FIFA.com

 

Updated Standings

2014 World Cup Standings
Group A
Team P W D L Pts Pts
Brazil 1 1 0 0 3 3
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0
Croatia 1 0 0 1 0 0
Group B
Team P W D L Pts Pts
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Group C
Team P W D L Pts Pts
Colombia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ivory Coast 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
Group D
Team P W D L Pts Pts
Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0
Costa Rica 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Group E
Team P W D L Pts Pts
Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecuador 0 0 0 0 0 0
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0
Group F
Team P W D L Pts Pts
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0
Group G
Team P W D L Pts Pts
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States 0 0 0 0 0 0
Group H
Team P W D L Pts Pts
Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Korea Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0

FIFA.com

 

Updated Odds

2014 World Cup Odds
Country Odds
Brazil 3-1
Germany 5-1
Argentina 9-2
Spain 7-1
Belgium 14-1
France 20-1
Uruguay 22-1
Italy 22-1
Netherlands 25-1
Colombia 25-1
England 28-1
Portugal 28-1
Chile 40-1
Russia 66-1
Mexico 100-1
United States 100-1
Switzerland 100-1
Ecuador 125-1
Ivory Coast 125-1
Croatia 150-1
Japan 150-1
Bosnia-Herzegovina 200-1
Ghana 200-1
Greece 200-1
Nigeria 250-1
South Korea 300-1
Australia 500-1
Cameroon 500-1
Algeria 1000-1
Costa Rica 1000-1
Honduras 1500-1
Iran 1500-1

OddsShark.com

 

Match you're most looking forward to on Friday?

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A rematch of the last World Cup final, Spain vs. Netherlands stands as the obvious headliner of Friday's fixtures.

Disappointing showing at the 2013 Confederations Cup aside, La Roja remain as arguably the most talented side in the world. 

With a midfield of Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets and Xavi, they can hold possession for as long as they want. As ZonalMarking.net's Michael Cox noted, just watching Spain knock the ball around in training is mesmerizing: 

They are also strong in defense, with a reliable center-back pairing in Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, along with the ever-dangerous Jordi Alba, who provides width, pace and another option in attack from the left. 

Finding a true out-and-out striker may be Vicente del Bosque's biggest worry, but when your biggest worry is picking between Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and David Villa (or going with a false nine like Cesc Fabregas), it's hard to complain.

Throw in world-class players like Juan Mata, Koke and Santi Cazorla providing depth off the bench should Del Bosque need to change things up, and a repeat title is undoubtedly obtainable, even with Brazil, Argentina and Germany all serving as major obstacles. 

On the other side, this Netherlands group may not be as good as the 2010 version—or at least as experienced—but Oranje have the pieces to beat Spain. Most notably, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder, who make up one of the best attacking trios in the world. 

Del Bosque, via ESPN's Dermot Corrigan, put it simply:

Holland have in charge a real football man, who I respect a lot. He conserves a lot of the essence of Dutch football, particularly with the players up front. The team has changed a lot in four years. But they are a team with a 'school' and a tradition. They always play well in World Cups.

The Netherlands have a load of international inexperience on defense and in the central midfield, but a move to a defensive, counter-attacking style could give Spain some problems. While it's not exactly the "Dutch way," it maximizes their potential to grab a point or three. 

Either way, it's an incredibly intriguing matchup, and as Bleacher Report's Cian Fahey argued, it has been hard not to look ahead in anticipation of this matchup:

Of course, that's hardly all Friday has to offer. Mexico takes on Cameroon in a must-win match for El Tri, while Chile, arguably the most enthralling attacking team in the world, will press forward for 90 minutes and be a must-watch against Australia. 

 

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