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2014 FIFA World Cup: Australia vs. Spain Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/14

Spain (0-2) vs. Australia (0-2)

World Cup: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Brazil)

The Line: Australia +625 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

A World Cup match between Australia and Spain on Monday will be strictly for pride as both failed to make it out of group B.

Spain has been the most disappointing team in the tournament as the defending champs from 2010 have lost their first two matches. It started with a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands and then recently a 2-0 loss to Chile. It’s fair to say that nobody expected this outcome and now you have no choice but to wonder which team is going to show up for this match with pretty much nothing on the line. Xabi Alonso admitted that this may be the end of an era for Spain, while goalie Iker Casillas was just asking for forgiveness the way his team has played thus far. Spain couldn’t score a single goal in its last match despite getting off 15 shots and having the ball 56 percent of the time.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Australia vs. Spain Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/14

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Australia also lost to Chile and the Netherlands, but obviously their expectations weren’t nearly as great as the team it’ll play Monday. The Australians lack of defense has hurt them during this stretch, as they allowed 14 of the Netherlands 15 shots on goal. Still, Australia has shown a lot more heart in its first two matches, including Tim Cahill who has scored a goal in the first two matches. However, he won’t be participating in this match due to receiving multiple yellow cards throughout the tournament. Australia, a team that is much younger than Spain, will be looking to end the World Cup on a positive note and could build for the future with a win over a still highly skilled team.

This is strictly a value pick considering neither team is playing for much. Why not throw a little something on Australia to win? Spain has shown nothing throughout the tournament and won’t be motivated in this match knowing they’re going home regardless.

I think Australia is more excited to play this match given the circumstances and I believe they come out with more energy.

I’d recommend picking Australia given the value. 

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Australia +625

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