2014 FIFA World Cup: Spain vs Australia 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 +700 See the Latest Odds
Spain looks to salvage some dignity and pride to their otherwise dismal World Cup with a victory against Australia on Monday.
It is no secret that this World Cup has been a monumental disaster for the defending World and Euro champions from Spain and while their tournament was pretty well over after a 5-1 thumping from the Dutch they didn’t have the resolve to battle back against Chile in a must win game. Spain have been the class of World Football for the last six years but their reign has come to an end and you can imagine that it will be tough for their players to get themselves up for this game psychologically and emotionally after two dreadful losses. They take on an Australian side that was expected to go winless throughout the group stage but they have played with a ton of heart and spirit and certainly have much clearer minds than the Spanish going into this one which could prove as another road block for Spain. A blow up is imminent with this National side so it might be a chance for an audition for some younger players and a curtain call for some veterans but either way change is coming and how Spain go out of this tournament could dictate the overhaul to come.
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Australia have been great to watch despite losing both of their opening round matches and their game against Netherlands last week was one of the best of the tournament bar none as they almost pulled off the upset. The Aussies have always travelled well and their fanfare is as loud as any at the World Cup and it would be great to see the Socceroos leave Brazil with at least a point but three is definitely a possibility. Australia were the benefactors of a ridiculous strike from Tim Cahill and a goal from the penalty spot against the Dutch but they demonstrated they’re capable of scoring and against a Spanish side that has checked out of the tournament for a week now we could see a huge morale boost for the Aussies in this game. It is very tough to think that Australia can win this game on paper as clearly Spain have all the horses to win world championships but it is clear they haven’t brought their best and with Iker Casillas possibly watching from the bench and others getting some time I think it is well worth a shot on Australia to not only keep this close but get the win as well.