Bookmakers are offering free bets for the 2010 World Cup Final between Netherlands and Spain in Johannesburg on Sunday night.
Wesley Sneijder’s reputation as one of the world’s best midfield players has been enhanced by his goalscoring exploits at the 2010 World Cup Finals.
He has scored five times and is the tournament’s joint top scorer with Spain’s David Villa. His creativity and work rate have also been rewarded with a nomination for the Golden Ball by FIFA’s technical committee.
Sneijder winner of a hat-trick of honours with Inter last season, runs out on Sunday one performance away from a clean sweep of World Cup honours with his national side.
Its possible the 26 year old could fly out of South Africa waving the World Cup aloft while keeping up the Golden Ball on his Golden Boot.
Expect another tight affair; Spain, yet to concede in the knock out stages, are heavily reliant on Villa to knick a goal to clinch games. Four of Spain’s six games have been decided by a single goal.
The Dutch score more freely and have netted 12 times in the tournament. However it will be tougher for them on Sunday as they’ll spend a lot more time chasing down the ball.
Against Germany, Xavi and Iniesta showed their ‘ticcy-taccy’ play was coming back to its best and another 1-0 looks quite probable.
Ladbrokes offer 11/2 for another Spain 1-0 correct score while Blue Square are 9/1 for the Dutch win by the same margin.
A goal for Sneijder could see the Dutch triumph as he claims the Golden Boot. He is generally 9/1 to score first while Ladbrokes and Coral offer 3/1 for him to win the Golden Boot.
There is no doubt he’ll be saluted the world’s greatest player should he pull it off, but he may already have done enough in the tournament to merit the Golden Ball.
Bet365 have his odds at 7/4 to get FIFA’s nod.