Confirmed: Spain and Netherlands line-ups – Chelsea target starts

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How many of the Premier League stars will be in action at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador?

Defending champions Spain will open their 2014 World Cup campaign with a clash against the Netherlands at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

La Furia Roja have been the best team in the world over the last six or so years, during which time they have won the European Championship (in 2008 and 2012) and the World Cup in South Africa four years ago.

Vicente del Bosque’s side will be favourites heading into the 2014 tournament in Brazil, but they have been drawn in a tough Group B that also includes the Dutch, Chile and Australia.

Interestingly, in Spain’s last World Cup game, the Netherlands were the opponents. It was the final in 2010 which ended in a narrow 1-0 victory for La Roja after extra time. The match was fiercely contested and had 14 bookings and one red card.

For many, Spain will be the favourites for tonight’s game, but the Netherlands cannot be written off. Under Louis van Gaal, who will take charge of Premier League giants Manchester United after the World Cup, the Oranje have regained their old confidence and are playing attractive football as well.

The Dutch have a number of big-name players, such as Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie, and they will be keen to kick off their World Cup campaign with a positive result.

Here is how Spain and the Netherlands will line up tonight:

Spain XI: Iker Casillas, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Diego Costa

Netherlands XI: Jasper Cillessen, Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Daley Blind, Nigel de Jong, Daryl Janmaat, Jonathan de Guzman, Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneidjer, Arjen Robben

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