(SportingAlert) — The last round of games in Group A and Group B of the FIFA World Cup will get underway on Monday with plenty still up for grab heading into the knock-out round.
Chile and the Netherlands will battle for pole position in Group B, while Spain and Australia, who are both already out of the tournament will play in the other group game on day 12.
In Group A, Brazil will battle with Cameroon in what is expected to be an easy game for the host nation, while the other game sees Mexico and Croatia fighting for the other place from the group.
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For Chile and Holland, both teams have admitted to wanting to avoid facing Brazil in the last 16 and topping the group seems the best way to do this. Already qualified for the next round, both coaches could rest a few players, but expect an exciting and attacking game on Monday.
Robin van Persie will miss the game for the Netherlands because of a one match ban, while defender Bruno Martins Indi, could miss out as well after he suffered a concussion in the 3-2 win over Australia.
For Chile, midfielder Arturo Vidal could keep his place in the starting lineup as he continues to work on game fitness.
The other Group B World Cup game Monday sees the already dumped defending champions Spain facing fellow outgoing Australia in Curitiba.
Meanwhile, the battle for places from Group A is also one to watch out for, as Mexico and Croatia look to dump each other out of the tournament when they meet in Recife. A victory for either side will see them going through, while Mexico can qualify with a draw.
Brazil take on a Cameroon side which has been very disappointing so far at the tournament. With Samuel Eto’o almost certain to miss his second successive game because of an injury and Alex Song out due to suspension, Neymar and company will start heavy favourites to win and top the group.