The Netherlands takes on an unlikely opponent in Uruguay on Tuesday July 6th, 2010 in Cape Town South Africaat 2:30PM Eastern time. The Netherlands will have to focus to beat a tough defensive team in Uruguay to advance to the World Cup Final. To get an idea of the two teams chances to make it this far, the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook ranked The Netherlands as a 6-1 favorite to win the World Cup before group play began and Uruguay was a 15-1 underdog.
Uruguay’s Hand Ball by Luis Suarez Saved Their World Cup but Cost Them Their Striker.
Uruguay would not be in the World Cup Semi Final if it wasn’t for Luis Suárez and his quick thinking to take a chance and stop a goal with his hand in the goalkeeper’s box. The stop did save Uruguay’s season but it also will cost them their top goal scorer Luis Suárez , since he received a red card for the hand ball. Suárez will serve a one game suspension and be eligible for the World Cup Final if Uruguay wins.
Stepping up to pick up the slack in Suarez absence will be the other leading goal scorer on Uruguay, Diego Forlán. Diego Forlán has three goals also and has been crucial on the attack for Uruguay. Edinson Cavani will most definitely fill in the open spot and has had nine shots on goal without hitting the back of the net.
The Netherlands Have Quietly Been One of the Best Teams in This World Cup.
Not many experts have said much about the Netherlands this World Cup and even fewer picked The Netherlands to beat Brazil (unless you were fortunate enough to read this World Cup pick). The Netherlands are not going to be flashy or throw intense attacks at their opponents but if they get the lead early, they know what to do with it.
The Netherlands does have one rock star in the forward position in Wesley Sneijder, a possible candidate for the World Cup Golden Boot Award with his four goals. Sneijder can score from any attacking position and the strong Uruguay defense will have their hands full with him.
Team strategies of both Uruguay and The Netherlands Involve a Midfield Passing Game.
Both Uruguay and The Netherlands play a methodical passing game around the midfield, lulling the opponent into a mistake and then striking when the moment is right. The Netherlands are the better scoring team and they should be able to break down Uruguay’s plodding defense by the end of the first half. Look for a World Cup match very similar to Germany against Argentina. The Netherlands should break out with strong scoring chances in the second half.
Las Vegas Hilton Superbook Favors The Netherlands -160 over Uruguay +525 in Regulation Time.
Always watch the bets when World Cup gets down to the knockout matches. The sportsbooks give two options. The first option is to bet the regulation time of 90 minutes. This is a three-way bet which includes a draw. If at the end of 90 minutes the match is tied, the bet on draw wins even though play will continue in extra time.
This is why the bet on The Netherlands -160 in regulation time is the only decent play to make on this World Cup match. There is a bet on The Netherlands -330 to advance to the World Cup Final and those odds are to high to risk. Take the Netherlands -160 to beat Uruguay in 90 minute regulation and advance to the World Cup Final. For more information and analysis on this match read, World Cup 2010: Netherlands vs Uruguay Vegas Odds to Win & Pick.
Las Vegas Hilton Superbook Netherlands vs Uruguay odds to win.
www.lasvegasinsideinfo.com Las Vegas lines.
www.espn.go.com World Cup Player and Team profiles.