World Cup Odds 2014: Examining Game Lines for Day 7 Fixtures

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World Cup Odds 2014: Examining Game Lines for Day 7 Fixtures
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Spain have been the victims of the biggest upset so far this tournament, and they will hope to bounce back from their 5-1 mauling at the hands of the Netherlands by beating Chile on Day 7.

Not many punters would have had money on the Dutch thrashing Spain, but they may just do when Louis van Gaal's side takes on Australia on Wednesday.

It's been a cracking competition so far with goals galore and the odd upset or two along the way. Let's have a look at what the bookies are offering on Day 7 of action in Brazil.

World Cup 2014: Day 7 Game Lines
Time (BST/ET) Team Game Line
5 p.m./noon Australia +700
Netherlands -400
Draw +625
8 p.m./3 p.m. Spain -182
Chile +400
Draw +325
11 p.m./6 p.m. Cameroon +275
Croatia -125
Draw +350

OddsShark.com

 

Chile Can Claim Draw Against Spain

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After last week's performance against the Netherlands, Spain undeniably need to make some changes for their clash with Chile, but coach Vicente del Bosque has said there will be few, per ESPN's Dermot Corrigan:

Captain Iker Casillas had a nightmare in Salvador, making several basic errors, and will need to improve drastically if Spain are to keep themselves in with a chance of making it to the knockout rounds.

They face a big challenge against Chile, who boast fairly significant attacking prowess—with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez—which could cause a fragile Spain defence a lot of problems.

Although Jorge Sampaoli's side wasn't necessarily overly impressive in beating Australia 3-1 in its opener, per Eurosport, it will be confident of causing an upset against Spain, and a draw is most certainly not out of the question.

That result would leave Spain really struggling to make the last 16, and they could be the biggest casualties of the group stages.

 

No Looking Past Netherlands and Croatia Wins

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Croatia were arguably robbed of a very impressive opening draw against Brazil by a string of scandalous refereeing decisions in the hosts' favour.

Cameroon, however, were handed a flattering scoreline in a 1-0 defeat by Mexico after Giovani dos Santos had two legitimate goals ruled out, per Fox Soccer:

Thus, purely based on World Cup form, it should be a walk in the park for Niko Kovac's side, which includes the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric and the returning Mario Mandzukic.

Cameroon's quality is just not there, and Croatia will be hurting from their first-game defeat, so they should run out winners.

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Equally, anything but a Netherlands win over Australia would truly be one of the great World Cup upsets of all time, especially considering the form that the Dutch are in.

The Dutch will be aware of the Aussie threat, especially that of Tim Cahill, but considering their opening victory against Spain and the terrific performances from, among others, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, it should be a convincing win for Van Gaal and his side.

They would become the first team of the tournament to win both of their opening group matches, and it certainly seems very likely. The manner of victory will be key for the Oranje going forward. Their quality needs to stay at a consistent level, or else the work done against Spain will be quickly forgotten.

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