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World Cup Final Game Gambling Predictions

Matchup: Spain v Netherlands
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Venue: Johannesburg
TV: ABC (In USA)
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World Cup Fixture – World Cup Final Fixture Odds: Netherlands +170 / Spain +150 / Draw +230
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So after 63 thrilling matches, and a month of exciting football, the nineteenth World Cup Final is upon us.

Euro 2008 champion Spain has lived up to its pre-tournament betting odds by booking its first ever World Cup final appearance against a very talented Holland side that are tying to capture a Word Cup title that has eluded them on a number of occasions. The two will battle for the most coveted football title, and a shot at lifting the hallowed Jules Rimet Trophy when they clash on Sunday at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The two sides have played each other nine times, never at a World Cup, with each side winning four and one draw. But Holland has had the better of the recent meetings with Spain’s last win coming in 1983.

The Dutch semifinal victory over Uruguay on Tuesday assures Europe of a first World Cup football title at a tournament played outside the continent — South Africa being the ninth of 19 overall. So far no team from Europe has achieved the feat, but that will end on July 11 when Holland face Spain in the 2010 final.

Despite being substantial favorites in their semifinal against Uruguay, the Dutch found themselves locked in an intense battle with the Uruguayans, carrying the weight of World Cup history on their shoulders.

With their reputation as under-achievers, reaching the final twice, in 1974 and 1978 but never finishing the job, Holland quickly went to work scoring its first goal at the 18th minute on Dutch captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s shot from 25 yards out that found the top corner of the goal.

Tied at one apiece at the half, the Oranje would receive the go-ahead goal from Wesley Sneijder in the 70th minute, followed by Arjen Robben’s header three minutes later, to hang on for a 3-2 victory after Uruguay’s Maxi Pereira kept things interesting by tapping one home in the second minute of stoppage time on a free kick.

Meanwhile, Carles Puyol’s namesake will forever be etched in the annals of Spanish Football as the player who sent his country to the World Cup final with his outstanding header late in the second half that lifted La Roja to a 1-0 win over Germany on Wednesday.

In a rematch of the Euro 2008 final, the Germans struggled early on with their uncharacteristic cautious approach towards the Spaniards.

This allowed Spain to control the pace of the match with its trademark ticktack passing and keen ball control. It also created plenty of scoring opportunities, but the go-ahead goal wouldn’t be notches until the 73rd minute when Xavi sent in a corner kick that Puyol firmly headed into the back of the net. Sportsbook.com

The high-powered German offense could not answer in the remaining 20 minutes as the game concluded with the exact scoreline as Euro 2008.

Now Holland, unbeaten in 25 games, could become just the second team other than 1970 Brazil, to have a perfect record in both qualifying and the tournament itself. But standing in their way will be Spain, having made a magnificent World Cup run itself with just a pair of losses in 25 games.

That run has been spearheaded by Valencia striker David Villa who is currently tied with the Netherlands Wesley Sneijder atop the World Cup goal scoring charts with five goals in the race to win the Golden Boot award.

So, with the two of the world’s best coming face to face, what should we expect from this match?

Holland they will continue to play their attacking-style brand of football with threats coming from the likes of Sneijder, Robben and Robin van Persie. Their one possible weakness is defensively. Keeper Martin Stekelenburg and back Gregory van der Wiel will be challenged by Spain and must be in top form to contain the likes of Villa and Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.

As for Spain, they will continue their defensive dominance–setting a world record having now gone six international tournament knockout matches without conceding a goal. Much of that success has evolved around Barcelona youngster Gerard Pique along with skipper Iker Casillas who has long been one of Europe’s best shot-stoppers. The duo has been brilliant throughout the tourney.

La Roja’s only real issue revolves around Liverpool striker Fernando Torres who has been a huge disappointment in South Africa this summer. Torres start against Holland is questionable as he rode the bench for the majority of Spain’s semi-final win over Germany, replaced by Barca youngster Pedro.

Spain are clearly the better side on paper, and have a stingy defense that gives away very little. After keeping possession and shutting down the German scoring machine, one has to wonder if there is anything the Dutch can throw at them that the Germans couldn’t. However, consistent assaults from van Persie, Robben or Sneijder might be enough for the Oranje to wear down the Spanish backline– something that Germany failed to do.

Spain vs. Holland Free Pick

I see this being decided by a single goal as Spain hoists its first ever World Cup trophy, finally allowing them to reach the pinnacle of international football that has so long evaded them.

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Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California.

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  1. i thing win to holland 2vs 1

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