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Bookies get behind Spain

2010-07-09 11:57
Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - Bookmakers have installed Spain as favourites to win the 2010 Soccer World Cup against Holland at Soccer City on Sunday evening.

Kick-off is at 20:30.

Leading SA bookies, GreatOdds, have Spain on offer at 23/20 to win their first ever SWC title - in their first ever final. Holland, who are appearing in their third final, can be backed at 13/5.

The draw after 90 minutes is on offer at 11/5.

Holland are unbeaten in the tournament to date, with Group stage victories over Denmark (2-0), Japan (1-0) and Cameroon (2-1) before they beat Slovakia 2-1 in the Round of 16, Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals and Uruguay 3-2 in the semi-finals.

The Dutch have scored 13 goals to date and conceded five in the process. Inter Milan-based midfielder Wesley Sneijder is their top scorer with five goals.

The Spanish, who are the reigning European champions, stumbled in their opening Group stage match against Switzerland, going down 1-0 before the rebounded with wins over Honduras (2-1) and Chile (2-1). In the Round of 16 they accounted for Portugal 1-0, before beating Brazil 1-0 in the quarter-finals and Germany 1-0 in the semis.

Spain have scored seven goals to date and conceded three in the process. Barcelona-bound striker David Villa is their top scorer with five goals.

No word yet on what Paul the Octopus has predicted...

Meanwhile, in the playoff for third position in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (kick-off 20:30), Germany are overwhelming favourites at 13/20 while Uruguay can be backed at 15/4. The draw is on offer at 11/4.

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