World Cup: Spain v. The Netherlands
Update (TL): Spain wins.
What a great game this should be. The Netherlands has won 6 straight at the tournament. Spain is the best team in the world. It should be great.
What to expect? Nervous, cautious start. No one wants to give up an early goal. Spain will play its possession style as usual, but with more caution at the back. Sergio Ramos will stay back early. The attacks will build from midfield.
The Neherlands will look for breakouts. A first goal will, as always, change the pattern of the game. For entertainment value, you would want Netherlands to score first. If you are rooting for Spain, like I am, then you want Spain to score first and then put it away when the Netherlands overstretch.
Spain has to decide about Torres again. Pedro played better in his start over Torres against Germany. But his selfish play at the end could have cost Spain dearly. Not sure what del Bosque will do, but I suspect he'll start Pedro. [UPDATE - del Bosque will start Pedro over Torres.]
As for who I think wins, I think Spain is ready and is the better team. I like Spain (and I am rooting for Spain so I probably just jinxed them.)
OT - The Tour de France got very interesting today. More on that tomorrow night. I am out of commission until then.
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