World Cup Betting Semifinals – Uruguay vs. Netherlands

November 30, 2010 Football Soccer

World Cup betting odds favor the Netherlands on Tuesday as they face Uruguay in the semifinals.

The Netherlands eliminated favored Brazil in the quarterfinals while Uruguay got past Ghana.  The Netherlands is a -160 favorite in World Cup odds to win Tuesday’s match against Uruguay that can be seen on ESPN.

World Cup betting odds list the Netherlands at -160, Uruguay at +490 and the Draw at +255. The total on the match is two with the over at -130.  Uruguay is going to be shorthanded on Tuesday as they will be without striker Luis Suarez who was suspended for this match due to his handball against Ghana.   Uruguay will also be without top defender Jorge Fucile who is also suspended for this match.

Suarez was really the hero for Uruguay as without his handball the team would have lost to Ghana. The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation time so they went to extra time.  In the final minute, Suarez kept a shot out of the Uruguay goal using his hands and then Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan hit the crossbar with his penalty shot.  Uruguay went on to win the match 4-2 on penalty kicks. 

The biggest problem for the Netherlands could be a letdown.  They are coming off a very emotional win over Brazil and now they have to avoid overlooking a Uruguay team without two of their best players.  Uruguay still has Diego Forlan who is a very dangerous striker and they will be motivated to make the final.  The Netherlands won all of their eight qualifying matches and now they have won all five of their World Cup matches.  If they can avoid a letdown they should win this match against Uruguay and make the final.

Recent World Cup odds history has seen only five teams involved in the final.  Since 1982, Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany and Italy are the only five teams to have competed for the World Cup title. There will be at least one new team this year since the winner of this match between Uruguay and the Netherlands will be in the final.  There could be another newcomer if Spain defeats Germany on Wednesday in the other semifinal. If the Netherlands and Spain both win their semifinals matches then there will be a new World Cup winner this year.

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