Spain vs Netherlands Group B Free World Cup Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 6/10/2014
2014 World Cup Free Picks: Spain vs. Netherlands
3 p.m., Friday, June 13 – Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN)
Match Betting Lines
Spain are favorites in Group B and begin their World Cup as -120 chalk. Netherlands are dogged at +350 to begin their group play schedule. The draw is listed at +225. The total for this match is 2 goals, -120 for the ‘over’ and EVEN for the ‘under.
In a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final, reigning champion Spain gets a chance to inflict more big stage damage to Holland, this time in group play. Most think the Spanish champs are past their prime, and to a degree you can’t necessarily disagree with that notion on paper. However considering this core of players have won the last three major tournaments, their winning pedigree is tough to bet against just the same.
The Dutch are an interesting squad. They have such brilliant individual talent with the likes of Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder and Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben, however collectively they always seem to fail playing as one cohesive unit. This is a difficult group for Holland to navigate with ambitious Chile waiting in the wings as well. A loss to begin the World Cup would be a damaging one and might set the tone for a short World Cup stint.
Neither team wants to lose this match. I think Holland would be much more content with a draw, though. Spain, too, would gladly take a point and move on to its next two matches. Considering that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see both sides play out a dull and cautious match and take what minimally is given to them by the other.
Key Injuries, Suspensions, Yellow Cards
Both sides were fortunate to avoid the pre-tournament injury bug that so many other teams were hit with prior to traveling to Brazil. That being said, Spain still has to feel cautious with forward Diego Costa’s hamstring injury despite the word that he has recovered for the most part.
This match has passivity written all over it. Don’t be surprised if this is a 0-0 result, which from a neutral perspective would be extremely disappointing considering this is one of the more high-profile matches of the group stages. Spain will dominate possession as they have come to do at the international level. Holland will defend and work off the counter. 0-0 draw is the scoreline.
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