World Cup 2014 Group Stage – 4 to Watch

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Any Unquoted score @ Betfair

Whilst Spain my take their foot off the gas in their final group match against the hopeless Aussies (as they have always done in previous successful tournaments,) allowing fringe players to get a runout, they may not get the chance to do so this time. Slow starters in 2010 and Euro 2012, there are no guarantees del Bosque’s men will beat Holland in the opener, whilst Chile will be no pushovers either. It could come down to thumping Australia in the final match for a goal difference boost, and there is no better team in world football at doing that than the Spanish. More than 3, and it is ‘unquoted’ time. Get on it!

Group C – Japan vs Greece

Japan HT Draw FT

There have been several patterns in world football over recent years, two of which should rear their heads in this one. The Japanese starting matches brightly before fading away, as the opposition begin to lump it long and accentuate the physical. And then there is Greece – a never say die attitude perfect at storming back into games primarily through set pieces. Put the two together in this Group C clash and back Japan at HT but a draw by the end of 90 minutes.

Group D – Italy vs England

0-0

Cautious old Italy take on cautious old Roy Hodgson in a match played in the Amazonian jungle, in which both teams would probably be happy with a point. Nil nil you say? I think so.

Group F – Iran vs Nigeria

Penalty at any time

Not a natural betting match given the lack of true form for either of these sides BUT whispers have been going round for a long time in gambling circles that Nigeria may not be putting in maximum effort in this World Cup. What that means in practise is lots of strange decisions, including lunges or handballs in the penalty area. Starting with this fixture against Iran…

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