It’s the final I certainly wanted, and I’m sure the tournament organisers, and majority of football fans would also have hoped for these two to be competing the final – Scolari’s emerging Brazil side, taking on the well oiled Spanish footballing machine.
The bookmakers have it as a close call. They have Spain as marginal favourites in 90 minutes betting, but curiously they can’t separate them in the outright winner market.
90 Minute Betting – Brazil 2.75, Draw 3.20, Spain 2.62
Outright Winner Betting – Brazil 1.90, Spain 1.90
If both sides play to their potential I can’t see past a Spain victory. I believe the Spanish are a far stronger side, they have been playing together for a long time now, and at times they can just look unbeatable.
Unfortunately tournament finals can take on a different feel though, and form can go out of the window. Teams can be far more cautious, and as a result of this finals have a habit of turning into nerve jangling, tight events, where the onus is more on not making the mistake that loses the match, rather than going out and taking the initiative to try and win the competition.
Spain usually have one sticky performance a tournament, and maybe that was it in their semi-final against Italy. If they are back on form tonight, I expect another trophy will be added to Spain’s growing portfolio.
One note of caution regarding Spain though. I do believe they are using this tournament to experiment a bit. If this is the World Cup final tonight, no way does Fernando Torres start in my opinion – despite his goals.
It will be interesting to see how Brazil approach this one. Will Scolari be making sure that they don’t get embarrassed, and attempt to keep things tight? Or will they play the traditional Brazilian way and take the game to Spain, and try to show the world that Brazil are the real footballing nation? I suspect it will be the former.
Onto the Money Back Specials, and Bet365 are offering us the usual 0-0 bore draw money back special tonight. Again this applies to pre match bets placed on one of the Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time or Scorecast, markets.
While Paddy Power’s money back special tonight applies if Neymar scores the last goal in this match (90 minutes only). If he does, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast single bets on the match, up to a maximum of €/£100 per a customer.