World Cup Betting: Netherlands vs. Chile

World Cup Betting:  Netherlands vs. Chile

The top two teams in Group B will face off on Monday as the Netherlands and Chile play what is a de facto group winner championship game. Both teams have won their two previous group matches and are going to advance regardless of the outcome here but the winner will get to avoid host team Brazil in the round of 16. Netherlands have looked very good so far in ripping Spain 5-1 and surviving a feisty Australia team 3-2. Chile also has two wins in the books beating Australia 3-1 and Spain 2-0.

The Netherlands and Spain were expected to compete for the top record in Group B but it didn’t exactly work out that way. After the Netherlands ripped Spain in their opening contest they looked shellshocked against Chile. Spain’s implosion did open the door for a plucky Chile side and The Netherlands will have their hands full with them here. The Netherlands strength is in their attack as should be obvious with their 8 goals in two games. The defense has been sketchy at times and probably made the Australia game closer than it needed to be. That might end up being the Netherlands’ undoing in the knockout stage as few teams go to the deep rounds with the ‘best defense is a good offense’ mindset. The Netherlands will be without striker Robin Van Persie here as he is suspended after receiving two yellow cards in previous play. That’s not a huge issue due to the team’s impressive frontline depth.

Chile is a team that plays solid defense and generates their offense off the counter attack. Their midfield play in the tournament has been superb thus far and ‘on paper’ provides a good tactical counter for the Netherlands’ offense. Chile will be without arguably their best midfielder, Charles Aranguiz, who suffered an injury in the game against Spain. He is a very talented playmaker and his loss is a significant one.

Both teams are likely to play this game ‘closer to the vest’ than they usually do and for that reason a draw is a very likely prospect. In fact, the Netherlands can win the group with a draw. We still think the Dutch are the better side so we’ll back them on the two way line that will give us a push in the event of a tie.