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Group B Round 3 Preview and World Cup Prediction

Group B Round 3 Preview and World Cup Prediction

World Cup 2014 Predictions

Group B already has the Netherlands and Chile progressing to the round of 16, the only question left is who will finish as winners. Meanwhile, Australia and Spain are left to play one another for pride only.

The Netherlands v Chile – Monday, June 23 @ 12pm:

With both teams level on points this is the match to decide who will advance as winners and who will be runner-up. The Netherlands will go through with a draw since they hold a +1 goal difference advantage over Chile.

This has shaped up to be one of the matches of the tournament. Both teams have surprised many, but Chile is certainly the bigger surprise of the two. They will continue to work hard, but this is a match that will need to have a strong referee in charge. Chile are not a team to shy away from a tackle and they do a wonderful job of conning the referee with their playacting.

My prediction is a draw. The Netherlands will be without center-back Bruno Martins Indi due to a concussion as well as their captain and center-forward Robin van Persie, due to accumulation of yellow cards.


This has shaped up to be one of the matches of the tournament. Both teams have surprised many, but Chile is certainly the bigger surprise of the two. They will continue to work hard, but this is a match that will need to have a strong referee in charge. Chile are not a team to shy away from a tackle and they do a wonderful job of conning the referee with their playacting.

My prediction is a draw. The Netherlands will be without center-back Bruno Martins Indi due to a concussion as well as their captain and center-forward Robin van Persie, due to accumulation of yellow cards. This means both a change in players and in formation.

Australia v Spain – Monday, June 23 @ 12pm:

Australia has played much better than most thought they would while Spain has played much worse. These two teams are at opposite ends of the favorites list coming into the World Cup, but both will be going out at the same time.

An Australia win or draw would have them finish above the 2010 World Cup Champions. Spain, meanwhile, are playing for pride. They have already allowed more goals than in their entire 2010 World Cup campaign, having given up 7 in only two matches.

My prediction is going against what most would pick in giving Australia the win. They have more momentum on their side despite being without Tim Cahill. They are a young team and have played as if they don’t even realize that they are supposed to be the worst team at the tournament. Still, Spain is one of the best teams in the world and if they can get themselves going could significantly reverse their -6 goal difference.

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