With a some sides looking well out of their depth at the World Cup, there is value to be had in backing a number of teams to lose all three of their group games.
Group B looks like being a straight shootout between 2010 World Cup finalists Spain and Netherlands with Chile hoping to sneak into the Second Round should one of the big guns slip up. But at odds as big as 13/1 to qualify with some firms, Australia look to have it all to do to avoid finishing bottom of the group and are attractively priced at 11/8 to lose all three of their games. The Socceroos' best chance of picking up points will be against Chile in their opening match, but as 8/1 outsiders they are set to struggle in Cuiaba and even the most loyal Australian fans will be expecting the worst in the subsequent matches with Spain and Netherlands.
Qualification from Group D is a little less straightforward with Italy, England and Uruguay set for a three-way battle for the top two places leaving Costa Rica as the likely whipping boys. Ticos get their tournament underway against Uruguay in Fortaleza and would do well to avoid defeat there, before taking on 2006 champions Italy in their second match. England are likely to need a result when the sides meet in Belo Horizonte and it's difficult to see Costa Rica getting any joy in each of those games, making odds of 15/8 on them failing to pick up a single point worthy of interest.
France and Switzerland look set to battle it out for top spot in Group E, with Ecuador the potential banana skin of the group and Honduras likely to be propping the table up after three matches. Los Catrachos are unlikely to get anything from their opening match against France in Porto Alegre and their best opportunity to pick up points will be against Ecuador in game 2. However, Reinaldo Rueda's side did well in qualification for Brazil 2014 and should be able to see off Honduras, while Switzerland's defence is likely to stand firm in the final match Manaus. It looks as though Honduras will struggle to cut it with this opposition making them losing all three games an appealing bet at odds of 7/2.
If Group F plays out as expected, Argentina will be heading into the Second Round as winners with Bosnia & Herzegovina going through to the last 16 as runners-up. This will leave Nigeria and Iran battling it out to avoid picking up the wooden spoon and Super Eagles should easily be able to avoid bottom spot. Their opening match in Curitiba looks to be the key fixture for this bet and Iran's only realistic chance of picking up any points. Those thinking that Carlos Queiroz's side will come up short there may wish to consider odds of 12/5 on them losing all three group games.