Dutch Can Upset World Cup Holders Spain
Holland to beat Spain
The glamour tie of the first round of World Cup group matches is Spain v Holland in a re-run of the 2010 final in South Africa. Holder’s Spain go into the match as odds on favourites to beat the Dutch and first time punters won’t do better than taking up William Hill’s new customer offer of 4/1 Spain to win.
Spain’s midfield is not overly blessed with goal scoring talent and their most effective scorer from deep, Santi Cazorla is likely to start on the bench as David Silva and Iniesta take the more advanced midfield positions. Diego Costa will shoulder responsibility as main provider but will be a marked man throughout the tournament. He has recovered from a hamstring injury and should start ahead of Pedro and Torres.
Matt Le Tissier tips: “Spain and Holland were convincing qualifiers for the World Cup and this game could go either way. It’s tempting to sit on the fence here but Louis Van Gaal has been preparing for this match since the draw was made and I fancy Holland could get revenge for losing in the final four years ago.
Holland manager Louis Van Gaal has been experimenting with a back three with this game in mind. Arjen Robben plays a more central role in this formation supporting Robin Van Persie up front. Wesley Sneider will claim his 100th international cap for Holland playing just behind the front two.
Van Persie’s record in the qualifiers was excellent, with 11 goals in nine games and the Manchester United hit man struck six in the last major tournament at Euro2012 in Poland. He must be considered for anytime goal scorer at 37/10 on 888sport