Spain v Netherlands betting preview
Spain come into the 2014 World Cup as both defending champions and as winners of the last two European Championships. But despite those significant recent successes, independent odds comparison site easyodds.com highlights that the Spaniards are only third favourites to triumph in Brazil.
Spain are 6/1 to retain the trophy they won in 2010, having defeating tonight's opponents the Netherlands in that final. This is the first time the sides have met since then and Spain are firm favourites with the bookmakers to kick off their campaign with a win. Easyodds.com shows best odds of 20/23 on Vincent Del Bosque's side, with the Netherlands out at 9/2 and the draw available at 5/2.
In winning the last three major tournaments, Spain conceded a total of just six goals; Iker Casillas and his defence keeping an incredible 13 clean sheets from the 19 matches. Another clean sheet tonight is best odds of 11/10, while a win to nil for the Spaniards is 15/8.
The Dutch have been defensively sound in recent games themselves, with four clean sheets from the last seven, and tonight's Group B clash has all the makings of a low-scoring affair. Indeed, the last seven meetings between these two nations have produced just 12 goals.
Interestingly, Spain haven't scored more than two goals in any of their last 10 matches and few would expect that trend to end tonight against Louis Van Gaal's Dutch side.
Unsurprisingly given those stats, Under 2.5 Goals in the game is odds on and best priced at 3/5 through easyodds.com.
Spain are 2/11 favourites to qualify from Group B with the Netherlands 8/11, narrowly ahead of Chile at 17/20. Australia are the 13/1 outsiders to progress from a highly competitive group.
Best price match odds:
Spain - 20/23
The Netherlands - 9/2
Draw - 5/2
Article courtesy of easyodds.com