Uruguay vs Netherlands preview – First Semi-Final

The first Semi-Final match of the 2010 World Cup will feature Uruguay up against the Netherlands on Wednesday 7th July at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kicking off at 4:30am AEST Melbourne time, these two teams have only met once at the World Cup with the Netherlands scoring a 2-0 win at the 1974 tournament where they eventually finished runner-up to West Germany in the Final.

Australia’s number one betting agency Sportsbet have the Netherlands a hot favourite at $1.66 to gain victory against Uruguay $6.50 with the draw paying $3.50.

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When: Wednesday 7th July
Time: 4:30am AEST Melbourne time
Where: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
TV: Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
06-1974 Uruguay 0-2 Netherlands World Cup

Recent History
Nil

World Cup form

Uruguay
Draw 0-0 France
WON 3-0 South Africa
WON 1-0 Mexico
WON 2-1 South Korea
WON 1-1 Ghana (Won 4-2 on Penalties after extra time)

Uruguay remain unbeaten in the tournament and they were lucky to get past Ghana in their last match but they showed better composure when it mattered most during the penalty shootout.

Netherlands
WON 2-0 Denmark
WON 1-0 Japan
WON 2-1 Cameroon
WON 2-1 Slovakia
WON 2-1 Brazil

Netherlands have played disciplined football and shown the ability to get the job done no matter who they are playing and have won all five games played.

To come back from a goal down and then get up to defeat a team like Brazil shows great quality and maturity that will hold them in good stead here.

Sportsbet odds for Uruguay vs Netherlands

Uruguay $6.50
Draw $3.50
Netherlands $1.66

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Uruguay vs Netherlands match prediction

Uruguay have had a top tournament so far but we think it will end here with front man Luis Suarez and defender Jorge Fucile missing from the team.

Suarez is a big loss as it means Diego Forlan will have to shoulder much of the responsibility to score goals against a very solid Dutch defence.

The Netherlands have a plethora of attacking options and Wesley Sneijder has had a wonderful World Cup and he heads a long list of talented Dutch players who are capable of finding the net.

We fancy the Netherlands to run out 1-0 or 2-0 winners and make their way to the 2010 World Cup Final to face either Germany or Spain.

Netherlands to win @ $1.66 at Sportsbet

Get on the Dutch to win at Sportsbet or if you prefer better odds with a greater risk then have a crack at the Netherlands cover the -1.0 handicap @ $2.80.

For a side interest have a crack at Wesley Sneijder to score anytime @ $3.60 or consider the Netherlands 1-0 @ $5.00 or 2-0 @ $6.50 score lines.

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