Group B is a pretty tough group, for the most part, with 2010 finalistsand Holland and a squad that ended qualifying in top form.
Odds to win group: -138
Odds to finish bottom of group: +5000
Odds to win World Cup: +650
Spain is the defending World Cup champion and not only have the best odds to win Group B, but the sixth best odds to win the tournament overall. The reason the Spanish are so good is because of their stacked midfield with the likes of world-class players Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, and Xabi Alonso.
The defense is also strong led by 2010 World Cup hero GK Iker Casillas.
Spain is a master and dominating the time of possession game and that will frustrate opponents. The squad does not have a glaring weakness and they, along with Holland, went through WC qualifying undefeated.
Odds to win group: +250
Odds to finish bottom of group: +800
Odds to win World Cup: +2800
Holland has a great offense and a solid defense, but their defense is the issue and they may not be as strong as four years ago with the 10th best betting odds to win the World Cup. Still, any opposing defense has a tall task when facing striker Robin Van Persie and the attacking MF duo ofand .
The Dutch lost to Spain 1-0, in extra time, in the 2010 final and that is their big match of the group, which is also their first. The odds for Holland have gone down a bit, as they have not looked good in their World Cup tune-up friendly matches.
They have played good teams, but have three draws and one loss facing, , , and .
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Odds to win group: +400
Odds to finish bottom of group: +450
Odds to win World Cup: +4000
When Jorge Sampaoli took the reigns for Chile in qualifying the team started playing well and went unbeaten in their last six matches with five wins. FW Alexis Sanchez and MF/FW Eduardo Vargas are the leaders of the squad, which has a solid offense that is great at finding scoring options on the counter-attack.
Still, that may hurt them facing Spain and Holland, who are squads that do not make many errors.
Chile has the luxury of playing on their home continent and while their last two friendly tune-ups are against weaker squads they began facingand , but they narrowly lost to.
Odds to win group: +3300
Odds to finish bottom of group: -350
Odds to win World Cup: +50000
Australia plays a solid team game, but they do not have much world-class talent and their best player in Bayer Leverkusen striker Robbie Kruse is out of the WC with an injury.
They did play well in qualifying, but played less than stellar teams moving to Asian qualification for this World Cup. The only decent team they faced was Japan and they played to a couple of 1-1 draws.