Uruguay vs Netherlands – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingUruguay will play Netherlands in the first semi-final at the World Cup on Tuesday at 19:30 BST in Cape Town. It could be an intriguing semi-final clash between the first ever World Cup winners and maybe the best nation never to win a World Cup title.

Match Preview

The Dutch are dreaming of a first World Cup title after their win against Brazil, but will they choke once again at the finish-line. The Netherlands made the final two times before, only to lose against West Germany in 1974 and Argentina four years later. Back then the Dutch introduced their famous Total Football, which amazed football fans all over the World. Today they may not play the same spectacular way, but they do look much more efficient. Especially their quarter-final win against Brazil showed their new found effectiveness and extended their run to 24 fixtures without losing. At the same time they have won all matches in South Africa so far, which are their best run ever at the World Cup. Historically the Dutch was the first settlers in South Africa, and tonight they might be the first to reach the World Cup final in 2010.

The Uruguayans barely made it to the semi-final, but Suarez handling of Adiyiah’s goal bound header and goalkeeper Muslera’s penalty-save afterwards, secured them a spot in the last minute of injury-time against Ghana and the former football superpower’s first semi-final since 1970. Making the semi-final is a major accomplishment for the small country of 3.5 million people, and they are not set to add another triumph at the World Cup to the ones back in 1930 and 1950. However with many key players suspended and injured, they will have their work cut out.

Team Updates

The Netherlands have two suspensions for the match against Uruguay, as both Gregory van der Wiel and Nigel de Jong received their second yellow in the quarter-final. At the moment they hoping for both Robin van Persie and Joris Mathijsen to recover fully from injury, but all indications point in the right direction.

Uruguay will of cause be without Luis Suarez after he was sent off against Ghana, while also Fucile is out after two yellow cards. At the same time creative midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro has broken foot, which leaves him out of the tournament, while captain and key defender Diego Lugano is still questionable and struggling to become fit.

Uruguay vs Holland betting tip

Our betting pick will be Holland as outright winner at odds 1.67 at 888sport.

The Dutch have won all their World Cup fixtures so far and are unbeaten in 24 matches at the moment, which make it tough to bet against them tonight. Uruguay has had a great run at the World Cup until now, but their route to the semi-final has been the easier of the two sides. Uruguay has not been up against a side with Netherlands strength and will have a hard assignment in front of them. At the same time their star striker Suarez and most creative midfielder Lodeiro are missing, which does mean their offensive power is a lot weakened for the match. Our match prediction will be 1-0 or 2-0 for the Dutch.

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