It’s the biggest match in football where legends are made and dreams are left shattered, and we are guaranteed a new World Cup winner as Holland take on Spain in the first ever all-European final outside of Europe.
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The Key Men
Wesley Sneijder is the driving force of this Dutch side, the Champions League-winning Inter Milan man controlling things from an advanced midfield role, and with five goals to his name so far, he is the competition’s joint top scorer with David Villa. Sneijder is 10/3 to score at any time in the 90 minutes, and having already scored from outside the box against Japan and Brazil, the dead ball expert is a 10/1 shot to repeat the trick here. Having successfully tipped him to be man of the match against Uruguay, it would be hard to argue with a repeat of that bet at 5/1 here.
Arjen Robben has also been instrumental in Holland’s campaign, his first start against Slovakia after injury was capped by a fine early goal, and after heading his side’s third against Uruguay, the Bayern winger is 10/3 to score again in the final. His struggle against injury during the group stage may have been a blessing in disguise as he hits form at just the right time, and Robben is a 10/1 shot for the first goal, a very decent each-way bet considering Blue Square offer unlimited places on this market. Robben to score and Holland to win at 8/1 is also likely to be a popular punt.
David Villa has picked up where he left off after winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2008, and Barcelona’s new signing has fired five of his country’s seven goals in this tournament to take his international record to a phenomenal 43 goals in 64 appearances. Such is his pace, technique and intelligence, he’ll always get chances against any side, and he is rightly the hot favourite to score first at 4/1. Villa to score two or more could definitely appeal at 9/2, while he is 12/1 to score in both halves and 11/4 to score Spain’s first goal, both of which look good.
Xabi Alonso’s departure from Liverpool was a huge part of their failure last season, and his performances during this World Cup have shown exactly what the Reds have been missing. Having scored a penalty against Paraguay before missing the re-take, Alonso is still yet to score in South Africa, and while he isn’t in the side to provide goals, he certainly has the ability to chip in and looks very backable at 13/2 for a goal at any time. One of the cleaner strikers of a ball in this World Cup and a man with a history of scoring from range, a rasping left foot shot from distance against Germany sticks in the mind, and Alonso to score from outside the box really does stand out as a great bet at 18/1.