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Semifinals Gambling Predictions

Matchup: Uruguay v Netherlands
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Time: 2 :00 PM EST
Venue: Cape Town

World Cup Fixture – Semi-Final Odds: Uruguay +550 / Netherlands -165 / Draw +250
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After both sides reached it’s final four appearance in come-from-behind victories, Uruguay –the lone remaining non European contender— and a red-hot Holland squad, will now meet for the first of two World Cup semifinal matches that start on Tuesday at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Dutch extinguished the mighty Brazilians, coming from one goal down to win 2-1 in an exciting quarterfinal game. Trailing 1-0, the Oranje stayed within striking distance, and after an own goal from Felipe Melo and a header from Wesley Sneijder, spun the match 180 degrees in their favor.

Robinho’s first half goal separated the two as they battled back and forth in a tightly fought affair for much of the first 45 minutes. Then early in the second half disaster struck for the Samba Kings as Wesley Sneijder’s cross into the box flicked off Melo’s head into his own net, tying the game at one.

Sneijder headed in the winner with just over twenty minutes to go during which time’s Melo’s afternoon got worse when he was sent off for stomping on Arjen Robben.

Sneijder has found the net three times already in South Africa and has continued the great form that helped Inter win the Champions League just a few months ago.

Meanwhile, Uruguay showed tremendous resilience to come from a goal down, going on to win a penalty shootout against the last African team left in the World Cup – Ghana.

The Black Stars outplayed La Celeste for much of the first half and took a well-deserved 1-0 lead into the break with an extra-time strike from Sulley Muntari. Diego Forlan would score the equalizer from a free kick shortly into the second half. With the clock running down in the final minute of extra time, Luis Suarez deliberately handled an errant header from teammate Dominic Adiyah in the penalty area giving Ghana a last second penalty and earning himself a sending off.

With a chance to end the match and send Ghana to its first ever World Cup semifinal appearance, Asamoah Gyan stepped up to take the shot and banged it off the crossbar. The game was over and a penalty shootout followed, with Uruguay coming out on top, 4-2.

Their victory over five-time champions Brazil has surely given the Dutch a renewed since of hope that they can finally capture the prize that has eluded them twice, losing to Germany in the 1974 final in Munich and then to Argentina four years later in Buenos Aires.

Uruguay can make its first final in 60 years, but they will have to do it without leading goal scorer –striker Luis Suarez. Instead, they will put their dreams of a World Cup title on the foot of Diego Forlan, who illustrated against Ghana that he can strike a dangerous free kick.

Lastly, Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk will have to juggle his starting lineup as Gregory van der Wiel and Nigel de Jongwere both picked up second yellow card bookings in the match against Brazil and will miss the semifinal. He will also be sweating the fitness of striker Robin van Persie.

The Arsenal forward injured his left arm against the Brazilians and went to the hospital on Saturday for a scan. Van Marwijk says he’ll play.

It would seem that the Dutch should have the edge in this one, especially since Uruguay’s Suarez will be rightfully suspended. One cannot rule out the Uruguayans chances – a squad that went unbeaten in the group stage, scoring four goals while conceding none.

Uruguay vs. Netherlands Free Pick

However, they have not faced a team with the offensive dynamism of the Dutch. I expect this one to go to Holland on a two-goal differential.



Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California.


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  1. Harry Vandenberg says:

    I predict Holland to win it all !!!
    As the saying goes

    If your Dutch you better win;
    Otherwise you are not much

  2. Victor Garrod says:

    Holland over Uruguay, Germany over Spain, with Holland to win the world cup.

    As a former FIFA referee I am calling on FIFA to install INSTANT goal-line replays in the next World Cup. England and the USA were robbed by very bad calls from the referees. In the next world cup lets us see a referee from the USA!