World Cup OddsWorld Cup betting is about to go down for the semifinals in the South African tournament, and Tuesday’s match will see Holland, perhaps the best country to never win a World Cup, taking on Uruguay, who hasn’t reached this stage of the World Cup since 1954.

Holland Uruguay Betting – Tuesday, 2:30 PM ET

NFL betting players can tell you that sometimes, it’s a game of two halves, and that was the story in the Dutch’s 2-1 win over Brazil. Holland were overrun by Brazil in the first 45 minutes, as they were unable to track any runs being made off the ball by the Brazilians. But they had a good team talk at halftime and came out a different side, and Wesley Sneijder netted a pair of goals to give the Dutch a famous win over the world’s No.1-ranked team. Arjen Robben was also a handful for Brazil’s Felipe Melo, tormenting Melo into a red card in the 73rd minute

If you bet on NCAA football, you may compare Uruguay to a team like Nebraska, a team that used to be great, and is making strides towards getting back to their best. Uruguay knocked out Ghana 4-2 on penalties after it was tied at one at the end of regulation, with Diego Forlan scoring from a brilliant free kick. Uruguay is perhaps a bit fortunate to be here as forward Luis Suarez played goalkeeper and used his hands to keep out a late Ghana shot. Suarez received a red card and will miss the match against the Netherlands, but then Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty that would have sent Uruguay packing. The Uruguayans then kept their composure to hold on in the shootout, and the two-time World Cup winners (1930, 1950) have done their country proud, outlasting South American rivals Brazil and Argentina in the World Cup.

World Cup betting odds have the Netherlands as a -165 favorite in this clash, while Uruguay was rated at +475, and a draw is rated at +260. These two have met just twice, with each team winning once, and the Dutch took the lone World Cup meeting against Uruguay, beating them 2-0 at West Germany 1974 in the group stages. The Dutch went on the finals that year, losing to West Germany, and a win over the Uruguayans would put them on a path for another possible meeting with the Germans. The loss of Suarez, who has scored three goals in this tournament, puts far too much pressure on Forlan to carry the attack against a Netherlands team who can rule the midfield with Sneidjer and Robben. It’s been a good run for Uruguay, but take Holland in your online betting picks.


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