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Australia v Spain odds and tips. 2014 World Cup betting Group B

Posted on 24/05 by G Waldorf

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Match: Australia v Spain
World Cup Group B
Venue: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Date: 24th June 2014
Time: 02:00
Broadcast: Live on SBS

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Australia are rightly offered at a huge price to win this final Group B game at odds of $14.00, and rightly so. However, if Spain have already sewn up Group B by the time this game comes round, then they might field a weakened team, not that a weakened Spain team would expect to lose against the best Australian team, but it represents a small chance for Australia and is worth a small bet before the group stages start.

Spain are one of the favourites for the 2014 World Cup and rightly should be after winning the last three major tournaments that they entered, namely the 2008 European Championships, 2010 World Cup, 2012 European Championships not to mention a runner up finish in the 2013 Confederations Cup (in Brazil). Ranked Number 1 by FIFA, Spain have a tough route to the final, which is probably why at odds of $7.00, they are a bigger price than Germany and Argentina.

Following the way Spanish teams have dominated European football this season (Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid contesting Champions League Final, Barcelona making the semi final, Sevilla winning the Europa League, Valencia in the semi final) Spanish football has probably never been in better health. One slight concern is the fitness of Atletico striker Diego Costa who limped out of the Champions League Final after just 9 minutes, the injury is said to be a small hamstring strain which Atletico tried to treat with a "horse placenta" treatment, which clearly didn't work. With approximately 3 weeks to go until the start of the World Cup, Costa's injury could damage both Spain's outright odds and his own Top Goalscorer odds of $26.00. One thing is certain, Brazilian born Costa will be desperate to make the finals.

Australia on the other hand have absolutely no chance of winning the World Cup and even at their huge odds of $501.00 with leading bookmaker Sportsbet, are not worth even the tiniest of bets. Captained by Crystal Palace midfield enforcer Mile Jedinak, the Socceroos look almost certain to finish rock bottom of a very tough Group B. The better value bets can be found within the Socceroos World Cup Specials range of betting markets. You can get odds of $4.00 that Australia won't score a goal in the World Cup (Odds for scoring a goal are: $1.22). We think backing Australia not to score is a good bet at decent odds. Like all Socceroos fans we will be delighted if we manage to score a goal, and amazed if Australia can garner a single point from three very tough games.

Australia and Spain have never previously played against each other, so there is no previous history to look back on, which to be frank is probably a good thing for the Socceroos, as at least they aren't looking back on a litany of defeat after defeat.

Market update:
Sportsbet have now published a range of markets for this game and we've updated the odds below. We've listed all of the major betting markets for Australia v Spain, along with our tips as to what we think you should be betting on. We are listing odds and tips for all of the usual markets, namely, Head to Head, First Goalscorer and Correct Score. We are also delving into some of the less common betting markets, where some good bets can be found, such as Both Teams to Score, Over/Under Goals, Handicap Line, and Half Time / Full Time odds.

Australia v Spain head to head odds
Team Odds
Australia $14.00 Bet Now
Draw $5.75 Bet Now
Spain $1.22 Bet Now

Our Tip: Back Spain to win as part of a round 3 multi bet at odds of $1.22


Australia v Spain both teams to score odds
Both Teams to Score Odds
Yes $2.25 Bet Now
No $1.62 Bet Now

Our Tip: We cannot see Australia breaching a very strong and experienced Spain defence, so back No at odds of $1.62.


Australia v Spain first goalscorer odds
Player betting odds
Diego Costa (Spain) $3.50 Bet Now
Negredo (Spain) $4.00 Bet Now
Villa (Spain) $4.00 Bet Now
Fabregas (Spain) $6.00 Bet Now
Mata (Spain) $8.00 Bet Now
Cahill (Australia) $8.00 Bet Now
Kennedy (Australia) $19.00 Bet Now
All other scorers Click here Bet Now

Our Tip: With the possible injury to Diego Costa, plus the fact that by this point Spain may have already sewn up the group, we are going to tip Fabregas at odds of $6.00.


Australia v Spain correct score odds
Team betting odds
Australia 1-0 $31.00 Bet Now
Australia 2-0 $101.00 Bet Now
Draw 1-1 $10.00 Bet Now
Spain 2-0 $5.50 Bet Now
Spain 3-0 $7.50 Bet Now
All other scores Click here Bet Now

Our Tip: This is probably going to be an easy game for Spain, so we are going to be backing Spain 3-0 at odds of $7.50.


Australia v Spain Over / Under 2.5 Goals odds
Goals Odds
Under 2.5 Goals $2.17 Bet Now
Over 2.5 Goals $1.64 Bet Now

Our Tip: As we think Spain are likely to win 3-0, and the biggest risk to this scoreline is not Australia scoring, but Spain scoring more goals, we'll naturally be backing the Over 2.5 Goals at odds of $1.64.


Australia v Spain Handicap Line odds
Handicap Betting Odds
Australia (+2.0) $2.00 Bet Now
Draw (+2.0) $3.75 Bet Now
Spain (-2.0) $2.88 Bet Now

Our Tip: Again, we'll be sticking to our principles on this market and backing Spain (-2.0) at pretty decent odds of $2.88. It is worth noting that rather if you do fancy a single head to head bet on this game, rather than backing Spain at odds of $1.22 you should back Spain (-1.0) at odds of $1.67.


Australia v Spain Half Time / Full Time odds
Result betting odds
Australia/Australia $26.00 Bet Now
Australia/Draw $26.00 Bet Now
Australia/Spain $23.00 Bet Now
Draw/Australia $23.00 Bet Now
Draw/Draw $8.00 Bet Now
Draw/Spain $4.00 Bet Now
Spain/Australia $126.00 Bet Now
Spain/Draw $23.00 Bet Now
Spain/Spain $1.67 Bet Now

Our Tip: Either Draw/Spain at odds of $4.00 and Spain/Spain at odds of $1.67 are the only results we think probable, and you can back both to ensure a positive return.


Australia Key World Cup players
Captain Mile Jedinak has had a great season with Crystal Palace in the EPL, dragging them to the unexpected heights of 11th in the final table. Jedinak, 29, is the driving force behind the Socceroos team, a tough tackling, uncompromising defensive midfielder with the excellent aerial ability you'd expect from a 1.89m tall soccer player. Capped 43 times Jedinak is one of the most experienced players in the squad, but goes into the tournament with a slight injury concern after limping out of Crystal Palace's last EPL game.

Vice Captain is the evergreen Tim Cahill, arguably the most successful Socceroo since the days of Viduka and Kewell at Leeds United. Cahill, now plying his trade in the MLS with the New York Red Bulls is the squad's top scorer, averaging just under a goal every other game. He might be 34 years of age but Cahill claims the game in the MLS is ideal for extending a player's career and is very much looking forward to the 2014 World Cup. "Itís exciting times for me. Overall, itís probably the most revitalising period of my career, so I want to enjoy every minute and at the same time, make sure that I make an impact on and off the park" he stated before Australia's upcoming friendly against South Africa in Sydney. Cahill is the only Australian player to be listed in the World Cup Top Goalscorer market by Sportsbet, although at odds of $251.00 is not a bet we are likely to be having.

Our third pick for key players is defender Luke Wilkshire, who is the most capped player in the squad. 32 year old Wilkshire now plays for Dynamo Moscow in Russia, and is caped 79 times, contributing a useful 8 goals in the process. Having played club soccer in Australia, England, Holland and now Russia, Wilkshire is well travelled and won't be put out by the trip to Brazil, even if the climate is rather different to what he is used to in Russia! If Australia are to achieve any measure of "success" at this World Cup, defensive players such as Wilkshire and Wilkshire will need to be the shining beacons of maturity in a defensive and goal keeping squad group that only has 66 caps between them (excluding Wilkshire).

Spain Key World Cup players
All of them. In which ever position you look, Spain have great players, with the possible exception of the strikers, if Diego Costa is still carrying an injury. So to pick out two or three key players is a tough ask, so we'll look at a couple of the less likely candidates rather than trotting out the same old superlatives about Xavi, Iniesta and Silva. Our first key player is Sergio Ramos, although hardly a shrinking violet of an unknown player, Ramos has had a superb few months at the end of the season with Real Madrid. This often red carded defender has even started scoring goals for Madrid, with 7 goals in 9 games after a lean spell that lasted about 3 seasons! He is a scorer of important goals, such as the two he bagged in Munich in the Champions League Semi Final and of course that 94th minute equaliser that took the final to extra time. Watching Real Madrid, most of Madrid's attacking moves start at his feet. Ramos is superb on the ball, good with either feet and a towering presence in the air, in either box. Ramos with 115 caps and forms a formidable central defensive partnership with Barcelona and Shakira's Gerard Pique.

My next pick is left back Jordi Alba of Barcelona, who is a strong defender but probably a more effective wingback, with plenty of pace and an eye for goal Alba has claimed the La Roja left back position as his own, ousting Joan Capdevila in the process. Alba is vital for the types of counter attacking goals we are likely see scored by Spain.

Finally and probably surprisingly to any regular watchers of English Premier League football I am picking the much maligned Fernando Torres. Torres has a knack of scoring key goals in big games, and whilst his once blistering pace might have deserted him somewhat folowing various injuries, he can still out-sprint many defenders. Torres has bucket loads of experience which is what you'd expect from a player with 106 senior caps. The focus on Diego Costa is probably a good thing for the Chelsea striker as he'll come into the World Cup with no expectations on him, and it is such situations where Torres often shines.

About Curitiba
The city of Curitiba is the most populous city in the south of Brazil and is renowed for great cultural diversity befitting with its 19th Century immigration stats that saw thousands of Italian, German, Polish and Ukrainian migrants settle in the city. This rich mix makes Curitiba probably the most "european" of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup. With three professional soccer teams (Coritiba Foot Ball Club, Parana Clube and Clube Atletico Paranaense) Curitiba is used to soccer fans and is an excellent city with a great climate where fans of all teams should be able to relax. According to US magazine Reader's Digest, Curitiba is the best "Latin American Big City" in which to live.

About Arena da Baixada
Renovated in 1999, Arena da Baixada is home to Clube Atletico Paranaense, and was already one of the best soccer stadiums in South America, before the more recent renovations in direct preparation for the 2014 World Cup improved it yet further. With a capacity of 38,533 it might not compare with some of the bigger stadia for capacity, but the facilities are excellent and fans inside the stadium will appreciate the clear lines of sight and proximity to the pitch.

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