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 Campaign so far
Holland have been in imperious form during this World Cup, winning all six of their matches so far and scoring an impressive 12 goals along the way. A fairly kind draw saw them paired with Japan, Denmark and Cameroon in Group F, and their form has continued to improve in the knockout rounds as they have disposed of Slovakia, Brazil and Uruguay to reach the final.
A more pragmatic side under Bert van Marwijk than the one which took Euro 2008 by storm under Marco van Basten before exiting in the quarter-finals, this Dutch team is solid at the back with a genuine cutting edge in attack, and having seen them dump out five-time winners Brazil along the way, backing the 13/5 about them to win this match could be a very shrewd move.
Spain of course opened their campaign with a 1-0 defeat against a Swiss side who parked the proverbial bus, a worrying sign for their backers, but it has been plain sailing ever since with Group H wins over Honduras and Chile and further success against Portugal, Paraguay and Germany.
Midfield dominance and intricate passing, so characteristic of their Euro 2008 success, has again been the cornerstone of Spain’s campaign, and while they have only scored once in each of their three knockout fixtures, three clean sheets in those games tells a tale of a side in top form. A team who monopolise the ball and await the right opening with great patience, Spain will inevitably be heavily backed to win this one in 90 minutes at 11/10.