It’s an age old question in soccer betting and one that will be answered, at least temporarily during Sunday’s World Cup betting final: does offense or defense carry the day in soccer? History would generally side with defense as even the least talented teams in soccer betting can make a game of it against the most talented offensive sides by stacking 10 men in front of the box for 90 minutes and living and dying by the counterattack.
When Spain and the Netherlands square off in the World Cup odds Final on Sunday it will be a classis battle of Spain’s much vaunted defense against Holland’s star-studded attack.
But to label Spain as simply a defensive machine would be dismissive of the team’s all around talent which has been evident throughout this year’s World Cup betting action. There is no doubt that the Clock Work Orange is all about the offense all the time. And why shouldn’t they be with the likes of strikers Arjen Robben, Robin Van Percie and co-scoring leader of the World Cup betting tournament thus far, Wesley Sneijder (5 goals).
Defense, however, is just one part of Spain’s game, a very important part, but only one part. The Spanish side comes as close to playing complete football as any team in the World Cup odds competition. Every player at every position is so skilled that they make it seem easy to control a 50 yard pass without the ball bouncing off their foot or sending cross downfield that lands in perfect position.
Spain plays a solid defense, but much of that is based on time of possession and no team is better at dominating this aspect of the soccer betting than Spain because all of it’s players are so skilled at handling the ball (both passing and dribbling) and seemingly have eyes in the back of their heads that always allow them to find the open man.
Holland also plays a style of soccer that depends on them controlling the ball and there should be some fierce battles at midfield in this upcoming World Cup betting final. But the holding midfielders and backs of Spain are much better than Holland’s. If Holland has a weakness it’s its defense and Spain should be able to wear down the Dutch, just as they have every other World Cup betting opponent and at the end of 90 minutes hoist the Balon d’ Oro.