Australia vs Spain: Playing for Pride
Spain has already made some history in this World Cup, but not the good kind. In their group opener they had the worst beating of any World Cup defending champion losing 5-1 to Holland and they became the first defending champion to lose their first two group matches. What all of this means is that Spain cannot repeat as champions, as they cannot advance to the round of 16.
Australia is also out of the round of 16, as this match means nothing with Holland and Chile already advancing out of the group. Still, the Aussies have been decent in Brazil, especially in their last match when they narrowly lost to Holland 3-2.
Bovada has Spain as the big betting favorite in the match at -246 with Australia at +745 and a draw line of +428.
Tim Cahill has been a force for the Aussie attack in Brazil and may have had the best goal in the tournament in the Holland match. However, he picked up his second yellow card in that match and is out for the Spain encounter.
2010 World Cup hero GK Iker Casillas has had several mistakes, which have cost his squad goals and look for Spain to drastically change their lineup with nothing to play for.
Spain has the much better midfield, but will they be up for this match? Australia has looked pretty good in group play while Spain has not looked like the squad that has dominated the world in the last several years.
The Spanish are a prideful bunch and while this match means nothing they will beat an Australia squad that is shorthanded without their best player.