The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday, and we’re taking a look at Group B. It is an interesting grouping of teams because it has the two teams that met in the 2010 World Cup final paired together, in Champions Spain and runner-ups the Netherlands.
Heading into the Brazilian tournament those two teams are clearly favored to win and advance to the knockout round. It will be up to the other two teams in the group, Chile and Australia to try and knock them off.
The media thinks Spain will get out of the group easily, or at least that is the assumption. Many think that Chile could be a bad match up for Spain and could give them a lot of trouble. There is also the narrative that Spain is a team in decline and won’t closely resemble the team we saw in South Africa in 2010.
Watch Football Daily’s Laurence McKenna and Adam Boultwood, along with Dave O’Brien from Squawka, break down the group and give their predictions about who gets out of the tournament and into the round of 16.
Which two teams do you think will advance out of the group and into the knockout rounds? Sound off in the comments section below with thoughts and predictions of your own.