Spain vs Netherlands Betting Preview
The first match in Group B is Holland facing Spain, which is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. Spain came out on top in that encounter to win their first World Cup and they are the big betting favorites in this match against the Dutch.
The strength of the Dutch squad is their attack led by FW Robin van Persie and MF Wesley Sneijder, who has stated that Holland is out for revenge after the 2010 loss to Spain recently saying "It's like a scar that hasn't yet healed. It always gets me down when I think about it.”
Spain has what may be THE best midfield in the tournament led by the trio of Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, and Xabi Alonso and the defense is also great led by Real Madrid G Iker Casillas. In Spain’s last two World Cup friendly tune-up matches they did not conceded a goal beating Bolivia 2-0 and El Salvador 2-0.
The Dutch will have to play well in the midfield and not get dominated in the time of possession by the Spanish. However, that is a tall order to say the least.
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While Spain is led by their defense and midfield they do not have dynamic offense attack and they will be facing a Holland side, whose weakness may be their defense. However, Spain got some good news before the World Cup, as striker Diego Costa, who ranked third in Spain’s La Liga this season in goals scored, has been declared fit to play after dealing with a leg injury at the end of the season.
Spain has simply too much talent in the midfield and while this may be a low scoring match like the final four years ago they will not conceded a goal and score at least one in the win taking the, all important, three points.
On June 18th is the second group match for both of these squads with Netherlands facing Australia and Spain facing Chile.