As the World Cup reaches an exciting crescendo in Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium on Sunday evening, it is heartening that the first tournament to take place in Africa will produce a new champion. The Oranje have come the closer of the two sides with near misses in the finals of 1974 and 1978, although it’s the first time that Spain have gone the distance.
Indeed, it’s La Furia Roja who are strong favourites to lift the World Cup (11/10 with Ladbrokes), although it should be remembered the Netherlands are the only team with a 100% record in South Africa. Indeed, they also maintained a 100% record in qualification and odds of 11/4 (Victor Chandler) for Bert van Marwijk’s side to win in 90 minutes represents decent value.
Spain certainly possess the greater ability to weave the sorts of chances that David Villa will pounce upon to try and make the Golden Shoe his own. He’s a 4/1 shot with Blue Square to score first and 10/11 with bet365 to end the tournament as top scorer.
However, despite the array of attacking options on the pitch, the final could prove a tight affair and Spain have won each of their knockout games with a 1-0 scoreline. As such, 888sport are offering odds of 11/2 for them to do the same and they might not be pouring forward for a second goal if they go ahead.
Alternatively, if you think the Dutch defence is sound enough and that they might just sneak this, Paddy Power are offering 8/1 on a 1-0 victory to the Netherlands – and they will also refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles on the match if it ends 0-0.