Spain and the Netherlands will do battle for Soccer’s ultimate prize on Sunday. The World Cup Final is almost here and Al Dannity is expecting a classic.
Expect the unexpected
Throw every bit of conventional wisdom about Soccer out the window. The World Cup Final is a law unto itself. No contest in all of sports can match it for intensity. Over 94,000 fans will cram into Soccer City in Johannesburg, armed to the teeth with vuvuzelas. Millions more will line the streets of Madrid and Amsterdam to watch Spain and the Netherlands fight for the greatest title in the world. This kind of pressure leads to surprises. No-one thought France could stomp Brazil 3-0 in 1998. In 1954 Hungary was seen as unstoppable, until West Germany pulled off a shocking 3-2 win. Even the first ever final had a big shock, with Uruguay coming from behind to beat Argentina 4-2.
Nothing however was as stunning as the speed at which the Netherlands scored in the 1974 final. The Dutch found the back of the net before West Germany even touched the ball. I like the outside chance of lightning striking twice on Sunday, with Sports Interaction offering +8000 on a goal being scored in the first minute.
Midfield is crucial
Spain and the Netherlands are both loaded with talent and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the middle of the park. With Mark van Bommel, Wesley Sneijder, and Demy de Zeeuw, the Dutch possess a midfield which knows how to defend hard and join the attack when needed.
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Spain’s midfield is the greatest collection of passing talent ever to grace a World Cup Final. Building from Sergio Busquets at the back through Xabi Alonso, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta, Spain has the talent to unlock even the tightest defense. There is little to choose between either side in this department. Even the potential impact players, Cesc Fabregas for Spain and Rafael van der Vaart for the Netherlands, are well matched. Expect a chess match in midfield.
Spain to win a thriller
While Spain will be big favorites in the eyes of most analysts, it would be foolish to write off a Dutch team that has already knocked out five time champions Brazil. I expect both teams to get on the scoreboard at some stage, so keep an eye on David Villa and Arjen Robben to impress in World Cup betting. This game will have twists, turns, and hopefully all the drama worthy of an epic confrontation. A new World Cup winner will be crowned on Sunday. Spain and the Netherlands will leave it all on the field but in the end it will be Spain that adds the World Cup title to its European crown. Bet on Spain to win big with Sports Interaction.
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