Netherlands and Chile each have six points in group play with two wins, meaning each squad has already advanced to the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup.
However, this match remains crucial, as the second-place finisher in the group may have to play Brazil in the round of 16.
Chile has conceded just one goal in group play, and their defense was great in their surprise 2-0 win over Spain, which ousted the defending World Cup champion from the tournament.
Sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have been unanimous in setting tight World Cup betting odds for this Group B match: Netherlands 8-5, Chile 7-4 and a draw line posted at around 13-5.
The Dutch offense has been on fire, scoring eight goals so far, but they head into this encounter without their big gun on the attack, Robin van Persie, who picked up his second yellow card in Netherlands' last outing and will have to sit this one out.
Chile’s midfield played great in the Spain match and has to do the same facing Arjen Robben and the Dutch midfield. While Holland’s offense has been in top form, their defense was not impressive against Australia in their last group match and conceded two goals.
The Dutch have pace in the midfield, which is how they create many of their scoring chances.
Arturo Vidal and Charles Aranguiz, who scored one goal and set up the other in the 2-0 win against Spain, are both dealing with minor injuries and are doubts for this match. Both are also carry yellow cards, so they may be rested to avoid getting a second yellow and sitting out the first round of 16 match through suspension.
Chile may be a little shorthanded, but they cannot just drop back on defense, as they need the win since the draw helps the Dutch, who own a better goal differential.
Both Netherlands and Chile will score, but the match will end in a 1-1 draw, meaning the Dutch will win the group and the South American squad finish second.
Regardless, Group B betting did not shake out the way oddsmakers predicted just a week ago.
Chile vs. Netherlands prediction: 1-1 draw
Stats, odds courtesy of Odds Shark.
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