VERDICT: The hardest group in the tournament. Spain should take all the beating in a bid to retain their title, and if playing to form look fair group favourites in a race where winning will be important given the lurking threat of Brazil in the last 16. Holland romped their qualifiers but no side was above 32 in the world apart from the Dutch themselves and tactical and defensive problems are a serious worry for them against an extremely powerful Chile side which has the told to trouble anyone in Brazil over the coming weeks, and they are preferred to reach the knockout stages. All of them should be far too strong for Australia, who look overmatched and are in transition with many of their premier talents from past tournaments gone and a new generation that is yet to play outside the A League. A single point for them looks to be a tough task and one which it would be a great surprise to see them reach facing Chile on home soil first before the Dutch and Spanish – there is at least 44 places on the FIFA rankings between them and their nearest rated opponent (the Dutch) – so the 11/8 on them failing to win just one point is a very attractive bet.
Advice: 6 pts Australia to win zero points (11/8 Boylesports)