Thursday's World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia had a little bit of everything; some great goals, some controversial calls and even an own goal.
Brazil came away with a 3-1 victory in the end, and the 2014 World Cup is officially underway. Friday's card features two more late games after controversy swirled earlier today in Mexico’s victory over Cameroon.
Will the curious officiating impact World Cup betting strategy for over-under wagering?
Group B: Spain vs. Netherlands
While this match may be a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, soccer betting experts aren't anticipating that this will be as competitive of a game.
Spain is a -125 favorite on the three-way line with the Netherlands paying +400 on an upset and a draw result going off at +240. Netherlands backers can also bet the team at +0.5 at +105.
Spain enters this match as one of the tournament favorites at 6/1 to win the World Cup. Spain's 4-3-3 formation has led the team to two straight European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, and will once again be on display in Brazil.
Netherlands looked shaky through the qualifying round and enters the 2014 World Cup with plenty of question marks, but a strong performance against Spain would be a massive boost to morale.
The total in this match is set at two goals. Only one goal was scored in five of Spain's seven games during the 2010 World Cup.
Group B: Chile vs. Australia
Australia is the projected floor mat of Group B, and Chile will try to take advantage of that with a win on Friday afternoon. Chile is a -250 favorite to win the match outright, Australia is a +750 long shot to win and the draw is +350.
On the two-way line, Chile is -1.0 at -130 while Australia is +1.0 at +110. The total is set at 2.5 goals.
Chile has a lot of things going for it heading into World Cup play. The team's relentless attack produces plenty of offense and gives opposing defenses fits, which is expected to be the case against a vulnerable Australian side in this one.
Chile has been in top form of late and will be comfortable playing in the conditions of South America. Australia figures to have its hands full in this match.
Odds courtesy of WorldCupOdds.net