Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

28 May 2014

Africa: 2014 Fifa World Cup - Group B Preview - Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

analysis

Group B has the possibility to offer up an upset or two and, if you're the betting type, you might fancy a punt on Chile to progress ahead of the Netherlands.

Group B could be one of the most interesting groups in the 2014 World Cup. It is almost one of the most important groups to win. Even if you don't care about the big teams and the plucky Chileans, South Africans who like to indulge in cross-continental Schadenfreude can always indulge in this group if for no other reason than to laugh at Australia. Only, as we have learnt from Bafana, do not dance until you know for certain what the results are.

Who is playing and what are their odds to advance?

Group B is an interesting one with Spain, Netherlands, Chile and Australia playing each other. Pitting the finalists for the 2010 World Cup together early on offers the perfect, lazy "revenge" narrative before the tournament even gets properly tasty. Sports betting site Pinnacle has the following odds for the teams:

Spain: 84%

Netherlands: 59%

Chile: 48%

Australia: 9%

Winning this group is very important

Of course topping groups will be important for everyone,...

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 Daily Maverick. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.