2014 World Cup Betting Spain vs. Netherlands

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 1:30 PM GMT

It’s the 2010 World; Cup Finals all over again.  Arguably, one of the most anticipated games of the first round of group play: Spain and Netherlands are set to collide on day 2, and we offer a free pick for this rematch!

We don’t fear the Dutch
Coach Vincente Del Bosque has boldly declared to all and sundry, “We don’t fear the Dutch,” ahead of the highly anticipated reprisal of the World Cup 2010 finals clash between Spain and Netherlands. Just to cast a quick glance at Spain’s bench is to immediately understand why he’d be so bold. Heck, to look at the names that didn’t make the squad is to be even more impressed.

It’s an embarrassment of riches, from top to bottom. Brimming to the hilt with lethal strikers, creative midfielders and solid defenders (mostly starters in their respective clubs from across several prominent leagues across the European continent), some of whom were instrumental in Spain’s magical run to back-to-back European titles and the nation’s first-ever World Cup title, indeed, Spain’s bench is a coach’s envy. No wonder Spain are deemed one of the tournament’s top favourites to win outright at +600. (Incidentally, Spain’s odds have shortened just before Friday’s kickoff, moving ahead of Germany into third place on the bookies’ list of top World Cup faves.)

Spain are expected to enjoy a bright start against the Dutch on Day 2, as they are listed at firm -118 soccer odds to win outright; a result that would go some way towards underscoring their favourable -150 odds to win Group B, and, thereby, advancing into the knockouts.

Spain played two friendly matches ahead of the World Cup, winning both convincingly. They beat both Bolivia and El Salvador 2-0, respectively, with Fernando Torres and Iniesta scoring in the former and David Villa scoring a brace in the latter. This recent spate of matches extends their sublime form since the start of the 2010 World Cup, when they lost their opener 1-0 to Switzerland. In 33 competitive matches, the 3-0 defeat to Brazil in Confederations Cup is the only blemish on their record.

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Going Dutch
Netherlands are the World Cup runners up, but a couple of years on they went out of Euro 2012 with a big thump, failing to advance into the knockouts following three defeats in group play. Most worrisome for World Cup fans that are hoping to go Dutch in Brazil is the conspicuous decline the team has been on since. Granted their European qualifying campaign went off without a hitch almost, but when their group was rather soft, it’s hard to gauge where their true measure lies.

The squad is a blend of talent and quality, so they can’t be underestimated entirely. Arjen Robben is after a solid season for Bayern Munch, but he’s a little long in the tooth, so it’s hard to imagine he would be able to carry the team on his shoulders alone. Their biggest star Robin Van Persie, however, was flatter than a pancake this season for Manchester United. What’s more, he does have a tendency to flatter to deceive, failing to show up on the big occasion. Meanwhile, Wesley Sneijder is looking more like a spent force than a world-class star. Of course, it’s quite possible they’ll all perk up in Brazil given what’s on the line.

All in all, the Dutch head into this clash appropriately tipped at the disadvantage on +333 soccer odds to win outright and with the draw trading at +240. When pit against Spain’s bench, the Dutch do seem to be found wanting. Going against the Dutch further is the somewhat lacklustre account in friendly action – 2-0 defeat to France, and scoreless draw to Colombia, 1-1 draw to Ecuador and 2-2 draw to Japan.

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Soccer Betting Verdict:
Both Spain and Netherlands are experienced outfits, boasting lots of talent, quality and skill. However, the balance tips towards Spain wholeheartedly because they just have that much more than the Dutch have in every aspect of the field. Therefore, we recommend Spain for your early World Cup picks, not just to beat Holland at -118 at Bet365 but also to win the competition outright at +600. (Consider this notion: if Spain get off to a flying start as many experts predict, their World Cup odds to win the competition will shorten. You’ll want to get in on the early action, while it’s still so attractively priced). For the match in question, we would also recommend a 1-0 or 2-0 score for Spain, which can be backed at +400 or +600, respectively.

World Cup Picks: Spain to win outright at -118; 2-0 at +600