It has been raining upsets during the 2014 World Cup so far, giving punters all over the globe plenty of hope of scoring big on some of the sleeper teams who have put in excellent performances so far.
The final matchdays of the group stages will bring us four fixtures every day, and with plenty of tickets for the knockout stages still on the line, the action promises to be full of drama once again on Monday.
Let's have a look at the what the oddsmakers are saying as we head into Day 12 of competition (all game lines courtesy of OddsShark).
|2014 World Cup Day 12 Game Lines|
Injuries And Suspensions Will Impact Chile v Netherlands
Chile are yet to set a foot wrong during the 2014 World Cup, and their fixture against the Netherlands will determine who finishes on top of Group B. Oddsmakers are picking the Dutch team to win, but injuries and suspensions will shake up both teams on Monday.
Via Dutch Football, both Robin van Persie and Bruno Martins Indi won't be playing against the Chileans:
According to Sky Sports, Chile could be missing Arturo Vidal and Charles Aranguiz, with both players struggling with injuries and one card away from a possible suspension.
Per Sky Sports, Vidal told El Mercurio he hopes to play on Monday:
"This squad is showing how great it is and that's why I'm not thinking about that yellow card, nor that I could be suspended. I just hope to play and be in the group, that's the mentality of this group."
Jorge Sampaoli knows his team has the ability to survive without Vidal and Aranguiz, but he'd rather not play them against the Dutch to avoid losing one or both for the first match of the knockout stages.
The Netherlands have looked strong so far in the tournament, but their biggest strength has undoubtedly their efficiency in front of goal. Van Persie is a big part of that, and his absence will affect this match.
At +230, Chile provides punters with a solid chance of winning big, with a draw (+240) perhaps the most likely result in a match decimated by injuries and suspensions.
Stay Away From Cameroon and Australia
Spain have underwhelmed tremendously during the tournament, to say the least, while Australia have exceeded all expectations by putting together two strong performances against Chile and the Netherlands.
Two losing performances, mind you, and in both matches, Tim Cahill was responsible for most of the Socceroos' offensive threats. Cahill won't be playing against La Roja, whose pride is very much on the line.
Already eliminated, Vicente del Bosque is expected to give some of the younger players a chance as the team starts preparing for Euro 2016. These players will be eager to finally prove themselves on the biggest stage, injecting life and passion into a squad in dire need of it.
Similarly, Cameroon will be going up against hosts Brazil, who have been far from their best in Group A. The Brazilians need a strong result to boost their own confidence, and their fickle fans are demanding a big win on Monday.
Cameroon will be without midfield ace Alex Song, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto could be dropped from the starting XI for his ridiculous attempt to head-butt his own teammate.
Both teams are backed by huge odds, but an upset in either one of these matches is highly unlikely.
Mexico's Defensive Proficiency Worth Remembering
El Tri are one of two teams yet to concede a goal during the 2014 World Cup, and a draw will see them through to the knockout stages, eliminating opponents Croatia in the process.
Mario Mandzukic and company embarrassed the Cameroon defence last time out, scoring four goals, but Mexico aren't Cameroon. Guillermo Ochoa is in the form of his life, but Miguel Herrera's 3-5-2 system is the main reason El Tri have held their opponents scoreless so far.
There simply isn't much space to operate in near the box when attacking Mexico's back line, and going up against two athletic full-backs, the threat of the counter is always there.
Mexico won't play for a draw against Croatia, but if the two teams are tied after 65 minutes, you can be sure they'll start using an ultra-defensive formation knowing such a score would be enough for the knockout stages.
As far as talent goes, there is little separating both teams, so a line of +250 for a draw might be worth a look.
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