2014 FIFA World Cup: Spain vs. Netherlands Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/14
World Cup: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: Spain -118 See the Latest Odds
Spain and Holland meet up on the second day of World Cup action in what is one of the most anticipated group stage matches of the tournament.
Spain heads into Brazil as the defending World Cup and Euro Cup champions and are highly regarded once again as a favourite to not only escape from their group as the victors but are a threat to win the tournament altogether. The Spanish side have won three international tournaments in a row and have a number of world class talents on their side once again including Alonso, Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Ramos, and Fernando Torres which sets them apart from most teams in this tournament as they have so much depth across the board. Spain have reinvigorated the Tiki-Taka style of play that specializes in quick movements and short passes that results in complete domination of time of possession and while it has worked in their favour over the last four years I feel like a lot of teams have made adjustments to it especially with so many internationals playing in La Liga where the tactic is quite popular. Spain have been known to come out flat in tournament openers and lost their World Cup debut back in 2010 against the Swiss and while we can expect another strong tournament from Spain they will be in tough in the tournament opener against the Dutch.
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The Dutch head into the tournament coming off a disappointing Euro performance in 2012 in which they bowed out in the group stage but have an opportunity at redemption here against a Spanish side that dashed Dutch dreams in South Africa. Holland are considered a world power and have a number of world class players that can rival any team in the tournament, however their depth and back line are a concern and against tough competition in the form of Spain and Chile it may be tough to advance to the knockout round. Robin van Piersie remains one of the best strikers in the world and Arjen Robben has been a staple in club football for world power Bayern Munich but beyond those two they are a bit thin by Dutch football standards. However, they catch a Spanish side who is getting older and has a ton of pressure and expectation on them which could favour the Oranje especially considering they are squaring off so early in the tournament. With this game being a huge determinant of the group stage placing I feel like both teams will play an incredibly reserved contest and will do their best to avoid conceding a goal. As such I think there is great value on a draw in this spot and that is where I am leaning with perhaps a shot on the Dutch on the money line.