2014 FIFA World Cup: Netherlands vs Chile Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/14
Netherlands (2-0) vs. Chile (2-0)
World Cup: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Chile +175 See the Latest Odds
The Netherlands looks to continue their impressive tournament with a victory over the upstart side from Chile in a matchup that will determine the top two seeds in Group B.
The Dutch stole the early headlines of this World Cup by thrashing the defending World Cup champions from Spain to the tune of a 5-1 final and that victory has propelled them forward with a ton of momentum that they have turned into a spot in the knockout stage. The only question remains whether or not they will finish in first or second and the outcome of this contest will determine who will match up with Brazil in the next round and who will get either Croatia or Mexico. Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie have been dominant for the Dutch through two games and while the final score line was a lot closer than many were expecting the fact remains is that Holland got the three points and held off a very solid Australia squad that was playing with nothing to lose. However, heading into a pivotal match up it’ll be interesting to see which Dutch team shows up – the one who waxed Spain in convincing fashion or the one that needed a fluky goal from range to defeat Australia. The circumstances play into both results immensely but nonetheless it’ll be exciting to watch this match.
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Chile has secured six points through two games as well so far in this tournament as they too have upended both Australia and Spain and have officially secured a berth in the knockout stage as a result. This Chilean side has been on the rise over the last couple of years and were a trendy pick to emerge out of this group as a dark horse and while very few envisioned the demise of the Spanish side it is worked out quite well for Chile in their run at World Cup glory. Chile are a very gritty side that can beat you in a number of ways whereas the Dutch seem to thrive on the counter attack and their offensive prowess so it’ll be a bit of contrasting styles here as Chile have yet to concede a goal. Chile need a victory here as a tie would force the hand to goals for which would lean in favour of the Dutch who have the same goal differential as Chile but have scored three more goals and with a draw would finish atop the pool. With all things considered I think the Dutch side we saw in the tournament opener will return as they play a more meaningful game and with this being Chile’s toughest match to date I think we see just how strong they really are.