World Cup final preview (updated with lineups)*

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*Today’s game: More than a midfield battle?

*The insight of ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas.

i-318358df4321aba338d39838663c3dce-Dutch cup?.jpgDutch cup? We’ll find out in a matter of hours who will be raising the trophy in triumph (AP Photo).

I say yes, a 2-1 win for the Dutch (perhaps after extra time), with Spain’s David Villa and the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder both scoring and sharing the Golden Boot

Pregame starts at 10:30 a.m. on ABC with kickoff about an hour later.

An estimated 700 million – a record for any sporting event – will watch around the world

Enjoy the game.

Updated 10:20 a.m. lineups:

Torres is again on the bench for Spain, with Pedro favored.

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  • Kingsnake

    Never thought I’d live to see the words “insight” and “Lalas” in the same sentence …

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Agreed, Kingsnake. You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • http://www.subprime-autoloans.com Ranos

    Paul the octopus was right. Way to go Paul!

  • Studs Up

    The Good triumphs over Evil at the End. De Jong should be banned for life. What a pittiful display by the Dutch. Rinus Michels must be turning in his grave.