Spain vs Netherlands by Kamlesh

Spain possess world class players in all positions on the field playing in reputed leagues. From defence to midfield and attack, they are well covered with experienced and proven quality players. They have been in good form as well in friendly matches though they did not impress as expected. However, the last time, they won the World Cup, they also played the same system but they managed to go all through to the final and won one of the most prestigious tournament in the world. As such, friendlies do not really depict the true potential of this Spanish team.


In defence, Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas would be protecting the nets and he had a very good season winning the Copa Del Rey as well as Champions League. The first team choice consists a combination of quality players from some of the best teams in the world such as Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City players who have all been influential in the success of their club teams.


Probable Line-Up:


Spain: Casillas (GK); Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso, Xavi; Silva, Costa, Iniesta


Netherlands performed very well in the last World Cup in 2010. However, the team cannot be regarded as the same due to the fact that most of the players have dropped in form and there have been some new additions to the team and lack of experience at this level can pose much of a problem. They have not impressed as expected in friendlies with draws against much weaker teams such Japan, Colombia, Ecuador and defeat to France. Their last two friendlies ended in victories against Ghana and Wales.


The manager seems unconvinced about his team as he is still thinking how to deploy the Dutch side and which tactics to use. Besides, the loss of Kevin Strootman to an injury has deprived them from their best all-around midfielder and it remains to be seen which tactics will the coach employ.


Probable Line-Up:


Netherlands: Cillessen (GK); Martins Indi, Vlaar, De Vrij, Janmaat; Blind, De Jong, De Guzman; Sneijder; Robben, Van Persie


From my point of view, Spain are the more experienced and settled side with proven quality players while the defence line of Netherlands seem to lack quality when laid against the high class attacking players that Spain possess. In friendlies against Japan, France and Ecuador, they conceded goals easily. However, in attack, they are well equipped with Sneijder, Robben and Van Persie.


In my opinion, this match will involve lots of goals as Spain play attacking football while Netherlands as well are also a good team while going forward. But Spain will probably get the victory here as they are the more experienced and settled side. Both teams possess very good coaches who are experienced enough at high level competitions; Vicente Del Bosque (Spain) and Louis Van Gaal (Netherlands); and we can expect a tremendous game from both sides.


I think the match will have over 2.5 goals and Spain will win.


Result/Total Goals : Spain & Over 2.5

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Spain & Over 2.5 Bet365 3.20 8 1-5 LOST (-8 units)
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