The World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands has all the makings of a great championship.
It’s going to be a match between two teams with contrasting tactics. Each squad will try to impose its style of play on the other, and whoever does will hoist the trophy.
Here is a look at the advantages the Dutch have and how they will beat Spain.
There are always intangibles that come into play, but this is a simple guideline of what the Netherlands will do to Spain as they bring the title home for the first time.
The guys up front for the Netherlands like to attack, and they take plenty of shots.
The Dutch will be victorious, as they will win the possession battle and stop Spain’s back line from creating counter-attacks.
The Spanish defense is going to be all over the place trying to track down the ball. The Netherlands will have several opportunities to score, but it’s going to come down to who can put the ball in the back of the net.
Forwards Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie will look to score, but they will set up teammates if they need to.
The Netherlands’ somewhat chaotic style of play will cause problems for a Spanish team that’s used to playing with control and poise.
Wesley Sneijder anchors the midfield for the Netherlands.
He’s having the best tournament out of anyone, and he will continue to dominate against Spain.
Sneijder will get help, as he won’t be alone. Mark van Bommel has experience, and he will take some of the pressure off Sneijder if the defense swarms him.
The midfielders for the Netherlands are going to get Spain out of its comfort zone.
The Dutch will keep firing away and win the match by getting more shots on goal.
The Netherlands has more firepower offensively.
The Netherlands has done an outstanding job of clearing the ball defensively in this tournament, and they will do the same in the Final.
The Dutch cannot afford to have David Villa or any of the Spanish forwards dribbling around freely.
The Netherlands will win because its defense will make it hard for Villa and the others to get good looks.
This Spanish team is most dangerous when Villa has the ball, and the Netherlands back line will prevent that from happening.
It will come down to which team is going to show up for the Netherlands.
The Dutch have not lost a match in this tournament, and they have played using different tactics.
Is that a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Or do they just know how to make proper adjustments?
Whatever the case may be, they’ve clearly done something right up until this point. I think they will have to be offensive-minded and outshoot the Spanish side.
Spain has only allowed two goals throughout the entire tournament, but the Netherlands is the second highest scoring team after Germany.
This will be a high-scoring affair for the Dutch, and they will put themselves in good position by getting more shots than Spain.
The Spanish players can score goals as well, but not as frequently as the Netherlands.
Final Score: 3-1 Netherlands