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2014 World Cup Group B Preview: Spain vs Netherlands

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Group Stage Round 1: Group B: Spain vs The Netherlands

Time: Friday, June 13, 3:00 PM EST

TV Channel: ESPN

Group B is one of the two most difficult groups in the 2014 World Cup, and part of the reason is that it showcases both teams from the 2010 World Cup final. Spain is expected by nearly everyone to make it out of the group, and many expect the Netherlands to be one of the biggest disappointments in the tournament. For Spain, this game is an opportunity to secure their place as the overall favorite, and, for the Netherlands, this game is an opportunity to show that they are capable of making a deep World Cup run once again in 2014.

What to Watch For:

Spain has the deepest squad in this World Cup with world class talent all over the field. However, they can seem quite reluctant to attack at time against teams like the Netherlands, who have such a good offense that the threat of their counter-attack keeps opponents playing more conservatively. Spain needs to show a lot of energy early on, or they risk losing this one late after a defensive snoozer.

The Netherlands obviously have offensive prowess with Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben creating one of the most dangerous duos in the World Cup, but a lot of people have forgotten about the talent of Wesley Sneijder, who’s been tearing opponents apart for Galatasaray in Turkey. His service could be the reason the Netherlands pull off an upset, while a mistake could cost them the game.

Prediction:

Spain should come out cautiously against a very talented team, so I expect the Netherlands to strike first. However, I don’t believe that the Netherlands have the type of defense that will be able to keep Spain from scoring for 90 minutes. Expect the Oranje to hold the lead early, but then La Roja to storm back in the second half.

Spain 2, The Netherlands 1

Related:

StoppageTimeSoccer.net will be previewing every game of the 2014 World Cup throughout the tournament. Click here to follow the link to the page with the other previews and make sure to check out all of our other coverage on the greatest sporting event in the world.

2014 World Cup Nation Profile: Spain

2014 World Cup Nation Profile: Netherlands

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for StoppageTimeSoccer.net. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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