Even though the Netherlands has yet to lose a game in the World Cup they will be underdogs in World Cup odds against either Germany or Spain.
2010 World Cup betting on the Netherlands has been profitable as the Dutch continue to win. They got goals from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben to break a 1-1 tie as they defeated Uruguay in the semifinals. The Netherlands advances to the final for the first time since losing to Argentina in 1978. With the Netherlands making the final, a European team is assured of winning the title again.
The Netherlands struck first in the semifinal against Uruguay as Giovanni Van Bronckhorst scored from 30 yards out off the far post in the 18th minute. Uruguay tied the game just before the half as Diego Forlan scored his fourth goal of the World Cup. The second half was a battle for quite awhile before Sneijder was able to score in play that probably was offside. Sneijder had his shot deflect off defender Maximiliano Pereira and past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Not long after that goal it was Robben heading it past Muslera after a nice cross from Dirk Kuyt. The Netherlands led 3-1 and the match looked to be over. Pereira scored in injury time to cut the lead to 3-2 and Uruguay made it interesting and actually forced Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Steklenburg to make a late save.
Uruguay played without striker Luis Suarez who was suspended for his handball that saved Uruguay in their match against Ghana. He was definitely missed as Uruguay’s only threat to score was Forlan. There was no doubt that Forlan was superb throughout the World Cup and in this match but the Netherlands had more weapons including Sneijder who tied Spain’s David Villa for the most goals in the World Cup with five.
The Netherlands has now won 10 straight matches overall and they are unbeaten in their last 25 games. They will still be underdogs on Sunday though in the World Cup final as Spain and Germany are considered slightly stronger teams. Uruguay will face the loser of Spain and Germany in the third place match on Saturday.