World Cup holders Spain head the bill in Group B and although they are arguably not the force they were, the defending champions look like worthy favourites at 8/11 with Stan James to finish in first place.
Jorge Sampaoli’s attack-minded side totally outplayed England in a 2-0 victory at Wembley last November and with the Spanish and Dutch likely to garner the most attention, the South Americans can emerge as a surprise package.
They face Australia first, so a fast start is on the cards given that the Socceroos are just 3/10 at Stan James to end up bottom and if, as seems likely, Netherlands are beaten by Spain in their opener, Chile will face Louis van Gaal’s team with qualification in their sights, which could prove crucial.
Moreover, this Dutch outfit doesn’t seem as robust as the one that reached the final in 2010 and subsequently it could prove lucrative to oppose them in Brazil either by backing the South Americans to clinch second or alternatively tackling Paddy Power’s 11/8 about Netherlands failing to qualify.
At a slightly skinnier 5/4 (Skybet) meanwhile, punters can back probable whipping boys Australia to lose all three of their games.
Chile to finish second – 21/10 (Ladbrokes)