FOOTBALL BETTING: The Netherlands have made their way into the final and gained market favouratism, all that remains to be seen is who will join them for football’s biggest contest.
The Netherlands took the initiative in the market by being the first team to reach the 2010 final after a 3-2 victoey over Uruguay. Admittedly their new found favouratism is simply down to timetabling but it has still had a significant effect on the odds.
Netherlands move in from the 2/1 mark (Totesport) to become the fav at 11/8 with William Hill; Spain and Germany remaining at 9/4 and 23/10 respectively (Ladbrokes and Coral) as they must play each other for the other final berth.
The Dutch showed more of the same slightly underwhelming grittiness that has got them so far in the competition and it was enough to repel the feisty Uruguayans. They will employ exactly the same game plan in the final, which will be reinforced by the returning Nigel De Jong. Their opponents in the final will be the highest calibre they have faced in the tournament. Spain or Germany will not capitulate like Brazil did and you can expect better than 11/8 in the 90 minutes market. Conversely, Spain or Germany, whomever should progress, will certainly be lower than their current odds.
Wesley Sneijder got his 5th of the tournament which will have David Villa backers itching. Not for the 1st time in this tournament, Sneijder was slightly fortunate to find himself on the scoresheet but they all count, he is now 7/2 with Sportingbet to finish top. Villa, with at least 2 games to play (final or 3rd place play off as well), remains as bet365′s 10/11 fav. Miroslav Klose is the other danger man, on 4, at 7/2 with Paddy Power.
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