Semi Finals – Uruguay vs Netherlands preview

Game:- Uruguay vs Netherlands
Competition :- 2010 FIFA World Cup
Venue :- Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Date :- Tuesday, 6th July 2010
KO time:- 20.30 South African time

Two time World Cup winners Uruguay fly the South American flag as they take on the Netherlands in the first semi final at Cape Town on Tuesday. Neither team was expected to make it this far into the tournament but both Oscar Tabarez and Bert van Marwijk will be wanting their teams to go one step further and make the finals – something that the Dutch have not done since 1978. Bet on the game with our preferred bookmakers – 10 Bet and 12 Bet.

Uruguay form- recent games- most recent first
Uruguay 1-1 Ghana (aet) (Forlan)
Uruguay 2-1 Korea (Suarez*2)
Uruguay 1-0 Mexico (Suarez)
Uruguay 3-0 South Africa (Forlan*2,Perriera)
France 0-0 Uruguay

Uruguay have headaches with their forward line after Luis Suarez was sent off for handling the ball on the line in the 120th minute. With Suarez suspended, Tabarez may be forced to change his preferred 4-3-3 to a regular 4-4-2 with Forlan partnering Cavani up front. Ignacio Gonzales will slot into midfield. Uruguay captain Diego Lugano limped off in the first half against Ghana. The man who replaced him – Andres Scotti – is expected to take his place if Lugano fails to recover. Jorge Fucile will miss the game having picked up two yellow cards leaving Uruguay a bit thin at the back.

Netherlands form- last five games- most recent first
Netherlands 2-1 Brazil (Melo OG, Sneijder)
Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia (Robben, Sneijder)
Cameroon 1-2 Netherlands ( Robin Van Persie, Klaas Jan Huntelaar)
Netherlands 1-0 Japan ( Wesley Sneijder)
Netherlands 2-0 Denmark ( Agger OG, Dirk Kuyt)

The Dutch have gone about their job with the efficiency of a surgeon with Wesley Sneijder instrumental in running the midfield. There is good news on the injury front with both Mathijsen and van Persie passing fitness tests. The Dutch will be without Nigel de Jong and Gregory van der Wiel who are both suspended. Khalid Boularouhz and Demy de Zeeuw are expected to replace them.

Verdict: Uruguay 1-3 Netherlands (Forlan / Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt)

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