Going Dutch: Vengeance on the menu.
It was a dramatic night in Salvador on Friday as Netherlands came back from a goal down to crush Spain 5-1 before the world over; thereby, gaining a measure of vengeance for their defeat in the final of the 2010 World Cup. Make no mistake, it was complete and utter evisceration of La Furia Roja that gruesomely unfolded before World Cup betting fans tuning into the highly anticipated rematch. Any misgivings that might have been entertained about the Dutch ahead of the World Cup proved unfounded. The showboating Dutch outpaced, outmuscled and outshot Spain on their way to one of the biggest upsets of the finals, sending shockwaves through World Cup betting markets.
The last time Spain suffered such a defeat was over 50 years ago. Nobody could have predicted it. Certainly not odds makers who had tipped Spain as the firm favourites at -118 to win outright and the Dutch the equally firm underdogs at +300. Spain after all were the defending champions, and one of the top favourites to win the competition proper at +600 futures odds.
In the aftermath: Spain drift out to quadruple digits in outright betting markets. They can now be backed at a whopping +1100 to win the competition proper, marking their highest price tag yet in Brazil. Holland, summarily, have had their World Cup odds slashed down to +1100 from +2800.
As things currently stand in Group B, Netherlands are sat pretty atop the table with three points and a +4 differential. They are an almost certain World Cup pick to advance at -2500 and prohibitive favourites at -450 to win Group B. Chile, in second place, also with three points but with a +2 goal differential, are the -150 favourites to advance into the knockouts and a +350 World Cup pick to shake things up further in this group by topping the table. Australia, meanwhile, are sat in third following a 3-1 defeat to Chile, while Spain are rock bottom. Of course, Spain could yet qualify into the knockout stages if they beat both Chile and Australia. Sportsbooks haven’t priced them out of that market just yet, listing them at -110 to advance. Winning Group B, however, now seems a pipedream at +1400.
Brazil: Hostess with the Mostess
Despite a nervous start to their Group A opener, Brazil came through on their favourable match betting odds with the expected win. Neymar scored two goals while Oscar added a third late to lift Brazil to a 3-1 victory over Croatia. The win improves Brazil’s odds to win Group A to -1600 while Croatia drifted out to +4000. In the second Group A match, Mexico defeated a resilient Cameroon 1-0. El Tri can now be backed at +900 to win Group A and at -175 to simply advance into the knockouts. All in all, Group A went to plan.
World Cup Betting Verdict:
After the dramatic night in World Cup betting markets last night, it’s safe to say the tournament is finally on. Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Holland (more so than the rest) have thrown down the gauntlet, proving they mean business. Who will join their ranks after the first round wraps up? Find out by following the many World Cup betting previews and picks on our SBRFORUM soccer pages, forums and online videos, all the while keeping abreast of up-to-the-minute developments and news.