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The probable subs who could clinch the biggest prize of them all

By Richard Parry

Spain and Holland will meet for the first time in a major competition on Sunday, and what a way to do it, as they compete in the World Cup final in Johannesburg.

The coveted trophy has eluded both La Roja and Oranje, with Spain having never reached the final before. The Dutch have, however, competing in back-to-back finals in 1974 and 1978, when they finished as runners-up to host countries West Germany and Argentina, respectively.

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Both line-ups are brimming with stars. In David Villa and Wesley Sneijder, each side boasts one of the tournament's joint leading scorers, the pair having bagged five goals apiece thus far.

Nonetheless, things rarely run smoothly when the clock reaches crunch time, and both Bert van Marwijk and Vicente del Bosque will at times be looking over their shoulders to the players they hold in reserve, and the impact they could make on proceedings.

Ahead of the World Cup final on Sunday, Goal.com takes a look at the potential game changers for both sides, and the likelihood that their coaches will deploy them...



HOLLAND


AFELLAY BABEL ELIA HUNTELAAR VAN DER VAART





26 CAPS, 0 GOALS
39 CAPS, 5 GOALS
14 CAPS, 2 GOALS 36 CAPS, 16 GOALS 82 CAPS, 16 GOALS
WC2010: 3 (0) WC2010: 0 (0) WC2010: 5 (0) WC2010: 4 (1) WC2010: 4 (0)
SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL

FLYING DUTCHMEN: WAITING IN THE WINGS


COACH CARD

Bert van Marwijk
Formation:
Style:
Experience:
Influence:
4-2-3-1
Counterattack

International

Afellay: The playmaker has featured from the bench in three matches so far. In 29 league games for PSV last season, his return of four goals and one assist is unlikely to tempt Van Markijk into making a change.

Babel: Yet to feature so far, the forward is more than used to coming off the bench from his career with Liverpool. He offers his coach an array of attacking versatility, being able operate on either flank, upfront, or as a secondary striker.

Elia: What he lacks in experience, he makes up for with guile and pace. Elia adds channelled width compared to the free-flowing Arjen Robben.

Huntelaar: The AC Milan striker was Holland’s top scorer during qualifying, bagging three goals in eight games. His pedigree will surely be called for should Holland need a goal.

Van der Vaart:
An midfielder of immense quality, if not for Wesley Sneijder's form he would find himself in the starting line-up. His contribution of ten assists for Real Madrid last season highlights his creative qualities.



SPAIN


FABREGAS
LLORENTE
NAVAS
SILVA
TORRES





53 CAPS, 6 GOALS
8 CAPS, 3 GOALS 8 CAPS, 1 GOAL
38 CAPS, 7 GOALS 79 CAPS, 24 GOALS
WC2010: 3 (0) WC2010: 1 (0) WC2010: 2 (0) WC2010: 2 (0) WC2010: 6 (0)
SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL SUPER-SUB POTENTIAL


SPANISH ARMADA: WAITING IN THE DOCKS


COACH CARD

Vicente del Bosque
Formation:
Style:
Experience:
Influence:
4-2-3-1
Possession
Elite

Fabregas: The Arsenal captain would start but for the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Xabi Alonso. He possesses exceptional creative qualities, assisting 19 goals last term.

Llorente: At six feet, five inches, the Athletic Bilbao striker is the ‘different option’. Should Del Bosque look to shake things up, Llorente’s presence and hold-up play could be invaluable.

Navas: The Sevilla winger is yet to replicate his club form for Spain. He has pace to burn, and started the game against Honduras, playing the pass to assist Villa’s second goal in a 2-0 victory.

Silva: He started the first match against Switzerland, but was replaced. Having not featureed again until the 86 minute in the semi-final, Del Bosque may have lost faith in him.

Torres: Underperforming and unfit, Torres has failed to score so far. However, having bagged the winner in the Euro 2008, he is likely to be the first player Del Bosque turns to if he side’s in need of a goal.


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