World Cup Gambling Odds Favor Spain in Sunday’s Final

November 30, 2010 Football Soccer

Spain is about a 2-1 favorite in World Cup gambling in Sunday’s final against the Netherlands. will be meeting with the loser being eliminated from the World Cup.

Spain was the favorite in World Cup betting odds before the tournament began and they are a solid choice on Sunday.  Spain is coming off a 1-0 win over Germany in the semifinals while the Netherlands got past Uruguay 3-2.

World Cup gambling odds list the total on this match at two.  Since Spain has given up only two goals in the entire tournament, it could be a very low scoring game.  In fact, Spain has won 1-0 in each of their last three matches. The defensive edge definitely goes to Spain but the offensive edge may be with the Netherlands. They have scored 12 goals in the tournament while Spain has just seven. Championship matches are usually won with defense though and that is where Spain has the edge. They also have the edge in goal with Iker Casillas. He has proven to be solid while the Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has been shaky at times.

The Netherlands is playing in their first World Cup final since 1978 while this is the first-ever final for Spain. Neither team has ever won the title so history will be made on Sunday. The Netherlands is led by Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder while Spain is led by David Villa.  Sneijder and Villa are tied for the goal scoring lead as each player has scored five goals in the tournament.

While many people believed that the true final of the World Cup was the match between Germany and Spain, the Netherlands is a very worth contender.  They should give Spain more of a match than Germany did. Although the score was only 1-0 in favor of Spain in World Cup betting odds, it easily could have been more.  Germany was dominated by the Spanish team and really looked afraid. The Netherlands should not have that problem.  The difference in the match could come down to the goalkeepers and if it does, then Spain has the edge as Casillas is better than Stekelenburg. The Netherlands does have a good offense though and they also have one trend in their favor. No team that lost their opening game has ever gone on to win the World Cup.  Spain lost 1-0 to Switzerland in their opening match but has not lost since.

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