Congrats to both Spain and the Netherlands, as well as other teams that accomplished their goals.
Factors favoring Spain
- Higher-rated team
- Defense: has won several tight World Cup games by the score of 1-0. Has not given up a goal in the knock-out rounds, winning three consecutive shut-outs.
- Big game experience: while Spain has not made it to the World Cup Final Four recently, they are the defending European Champions, so they DO have some big game experience.
Factors favoring the Netherlands
- Big game experience: the Netherlands has made it to the World Cup Final Four more recently.
- Offense: the Netherlands have scored 2 or more goals in each of their knock-out round games. They also scored 5 goals in their 3 round-robin games (outscoring their opponents 5-1). Their 12 goals make them second only to Germany in the 2010 World Cup.
Who Will Win the Big Game?
Our factors lean towards Spain very slightly. This should be a good, tight, game. Note, however, in such a low-scoring sport, and with only one game for the championship, anything could happen.