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Louis van Gaal's men face an almighty challenge to even score a goal against the world champions, but Al Hain-Cole has highlighted players he thinks could do the damage

Such is the challenge facing the Netherlands when they take on Spain tonight that even finding the net would represent something of a success.
 
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Odds from Paddy Power
Diego Costa to score anytime 8/5
Van Persie to score anytime
23/10
Fabregas to score anytime 11/4
Robben to score anytime 7/2
Iniesta to score anytime 9/2
Sneijder to score anytime 6/1
Having conceded fewer goals than any other side on the road to the World Cup, the champions arrive in Brazil on the back of three consecutive clean sheets in their warm-up friendly matches.
 
With this in mind, Louis van Gaal will be hoping captain Robin van Persie has sufficiently shaken off his recent injury troubles to recapture the prolific form that saw him lead the European qualification scorer charts with 11 goals in just 10 matches.
 
At 23/10 (3.30) with Paddy Power, the Manchester United man represents his side’s best hope of penetrating a stubborn opposition defence, and is on offer at a relatively lengthy 6/1 (7.00) to strike first.
 
However, with six goals in his last nine international appearances, Arjen Robben appears to be flourishing in a more central role under Van Gaal, and offers tempting value at 7/2 (4.50) to find the net.
 
Having finished as joint top scorer at the last World Cup, Wesley Sneijder is also worth a wager at 6/1 (7.00) to score anytime after enjoying his most prolific club season in years for Galatasaray, particularly given his expertise from set pieces.
 
At the other end of the pitch, La Roja appear surprisingly lacking up front where Diego Costa is expected to lead the line in spite of question marks over his fitness and lack of previous international goals.
 
With this in mind, odds of 9/2 (5.50) appear rather short on the Atletico Madrid striker getting the ball rolling, as does the 8/5 (2.60) price on him striking anytime.
 
In a team that tend to spread their goals around, Cesc Fabregas looks like better value at 11/4 (3.75) to find the net from his more advanced role.
 
Alternatively, Andres Iniesta may be worth backing to recreate his 2010 final heroics against the same opponents by hitting a second goal in three, at odds of 9/2 (5.50).

Paddy Power are also offering new customers the chance to back Spain to win tonight's game at 7/2 (4.50) or the Netherlands at 12/1 (13.0). If you haven't already got an account and wish to take advantage of this offer then sign up here.
 
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Van Persie to score anytime for a 1.5pt stake at 23/10 (3.30) with Paddy Power
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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