Setting the table for another great day filled with live streaming 2014 World Cup action is a (Group B) battle between Australia and the Netherlands, according to a Bleacher Report on June 18. Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, will be the site for this intercontinental clash, which can be seen on ESPN (national TV) and Univision (en vivo), and online at WatchESPN and ESPN3 (free live stream).
Opening (TV start time) kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. PT) following the conclusion of the pre-match show on ESPN (DirecTV channel 206) and Univision (Miami-23). It worth noting that ESPN and Univision’s dual pre-game coverage get underway at 11:30 a.m. ET and will go on interrupted right into kickoff.
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For soccer/futbol fans that simply cannot get enough World Cup 2014 Internet coverage there’s great news. Thanks to ESPN’s family of networks, the Australia vs. Netherlands pre-match live stream party for commences as early as 10 a.m. on the East and 7 a.m. on the West Coast (United States) by visiting ESPN3 (free soccer live stream/no subscriptions required).
With the opening 2014 World Cup match in the books, it appears that Chile and the Netherlands will decide who emerges from Group B this year. Both countries got off to very impressive starts, as South Americans defeated Australia 3-1, while the Dutch enacted their revenge with a 5-1 thumping of Spain.
Nevertheless, as a June 18 NY Times report indicates, Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal is keeping his expectations in check despite their resounding win over the defending champs. There’s no question that a win of that magnitude could affect the way a team is perceived for the duration of a tournament.
The case of the Netherlands’ early success is a perfect illustration of that, as 2014 World Cup (soccer) oddsmakers might be getting a little carried away in the match against Australia. Moments removed from kickoff, the Netherlands is listed as -450 betting favorites compared to an Australian side that’s a huge +1100 underdog.
In addition to the actual money lines, the odds of a draw are also very unlikely at +525, while the OVER/UNDER has also been jacked up at a total of 3 goals. Safe tio say that this is the part the game where coaches take on the role of psychologists, as he/she tries to not let those expectations get to his players’ heads.
“You win the World Cup by winning the final,” van Gaal told reporters on Tuesday. “That was just a first step, and we have to keep our feet on the ground. We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. We need to prove our ability to win against Australia, which will not be that easy.”
How will it all play out: Will the Netherlands reach/supersede expectations or is Australia poised for a huge upset? Watch this 2014 World Cup match between Australia and the Netherlands either on ESPN (national TV) or Univision (en vivo) to find out. For those watching online, simply click on the (pre-match) link provided above and enjoy the action via free Internet live stream.