The Netherlands got their second win, but still haven’t shown the offensive firepower they are known for. They barely beat Japan 1-0. Cameroon is the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup after its loss to Denmark.

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With some surprises for the big teams and some interesting matchups coming up in the World Cup group stage, here is a look at Groups E-H and the updated odds for the teams to advance (all odds from Pinnacle):

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Greece took advantage of a decimated Nigerian squad and got their first win at a World Cup. Ever. Argentina all but clinched a berth in the knockout stage with their 4-1 win over South Korea, but anyone can still advance from group.

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South Africa surprised in the World Cup opening match and drew with Mexico. They kept the unbeaten streak of host-teams in openers alive, almost beating El Tri. South Africa had a great chance to win the match in the final minute, but Katlego Mphela’s shot bounced off the near post.

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Soccer is the ultimate team sport. Every player on the field has a specific set of tasks, and if they fail to do them properly then their team is going to suffer. The game is so low scoring that mistakes can be massive, and players need to work together. That being said, there are some players who are more important to their success than others. In football terms, it doesn’t really matter how the rest of the offense plays if the quarterback throws five interceptions. Here’s a look at the five most important players at this year’s World Cup. Their play could be the difference between success and failure for their team:

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The World Cup is just around the corner, and momentum is definitely building among the betting public. I expect that betting volume is going to be very high for this tournament because North American exposure and anticipation is as high as it has ever been, and betting options will be available in more places and in more shapes and sizes than ever before. While people are looking at futures and the first game odds, they likely aren’t looking at the huge number of prop bets that are available yet. That means that now is a very good time to look at these props because the value hasn’t yet been bet out of them. Here are five types of bets that are worth looking at right now (these props are taken from Bodog, but most books have a range of similar options):

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