Spain v Holland Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting
Spain v Holland Betting Preview – World Cup 2014
This is one of the most anticipated clashes of the first round of the World Cup. This opens the action in Group B, which could be a tight group with dangerous dark horses Chile floating around in there too. This isn’t a game which either one is going to want to taste defeat in, but worryingly for Dutch fans, it is the reigning World Champions who are odds-on to take the victory.
Spain v Holland Betting Odds
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Spain v Holland Betting Tips
A repeat of the 2010 World Cup final kicks off Group B at Brazil 2014. It was Spain who won out on that occasion and they will probably do it again too if the bookmakers have this on the nose. The reigning champions have been strong in the outright winner market to lift the World Cup again, running at around 6/1 third favourites. Navigate this tricky opener and their nerves will be settled. There is the impression that Vicente del Bosque’s men are getting on a bit, but they aren’t at all. Most of their squad is under 30 and they will still have the legs to get close to the title you would imagine. Their style of play will help them, just keeping the ball, letting their opposition chase shadows, as well as pressing very high up the pitch in defence, will help. Their pressurising game is why they don’t give away a lot at the back. The Red Fury took three clean sheet wins on the bounce before heading to Brazil as part of their warm up.
Big, big points up for grabs here and Spain should get somewhere near to returning on a to win to nil bet at 8/5 for punters. As mentioned, their pressing game takes huge pressure off their back line and they can just keep the ball at their feet forever when they do have it. They have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches, and going forward, they now have a genuine number nine in Diego Costa, however inexperienced he is. The Chelsea target has yet to play a competitive international match, but if he gets firing, what an asset to Spain he will be. Costa is 5/4 for spain in the anytime goalscorer market, with David Villa, Fernando Torres, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas at the 2/1 mark. They need Costa going well, because without him, the back up strikers don’t exactly scream of being able to produce a lot of goals.
So the likelihood for this one is that it will be low scoring, so look under 2.5 goals. Spain’s last four matches as well as Holland’s last four matches have all been under 2.5 goals, so good value there. Holland aren’t likely to come out and attack hard, they’ll probably sit back and just try and keep Spain out for as long as possible and then hit them on the break. It could be too costly to lose this one for them. They aren’t in tip top shape, at least that is what their form would suggest, with recent draws against Ecuador, Japan and Colombia and a defeat against France. They ground out below-par wins over Ghana and Wales before getting on the plane to Brazil. Fair to say that they aren’t as strong as they were four years ago, they are missing a spark. Robin van Persie is 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market for them.
Spain v Holland Head To Head
There have only been the nine previous matches, with honours even at four each. Their last meeting was back at the 2010 World Cup of course. Prior to that, Holland had won the two previous match (both friendlies) which just goes to show that Spain deliver when it counts.
The slower this game is, the happier Holland will be and they’ll probably try and park the bus to some extent, especially if they open the scoring. Holland lost out in the group stage at Euro 2012 and there is a danger of similar happening here. Would lean towards Spain breaking them down at some point for the win.
Form (all competitions)
Spain WWLWWW, Holland DDLDWW