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Rupert Wyman 4th Jul 2010 - 18:31

Is Diego-ing through to the final?

Pre tournament, the English dreamed of a possible Brazil, England semi-final match that now seems nothing but a distant memory. England failed to top their group and Brazil failed to take their chances in the first half against Holland on Friday, losing in ninety minutes.

In England at the moment, the press are dwelling on Murray's failed attempt to win Wimbledon and the England squad, who are swanning around doing interviews at airports or cuddling their latest sweetheart on some Mediterranean beach.

Across the North Sea and in parts of South Africa, there is a 'Dutch frenzy'. Never in their wildest dreams, would the Dutch people envisage their hard working team coming from a goal behind to beat Brazil.

Lady luck may have played a part, but you cannot take anything away from Holland's enthusiasm and collective play.

They have a realistic chance of winning their first World Cup.

Gone are the days of Van Hooijdonk's strops and Edgar David's constant moaning, there is little show boating and more graft in the Dutch squad. Along with the Germans, the players are role models on how International football should be played.

With individuals who can change games like Robben, Van Persie and Sneijder, you would think they may not play as a team but this could be one of the hardest working Dutch teams ever.

Holland are 3/10 to qualify, and they are masters at the art of not being beaten. Their last defeat in a competitive match was in November 2007, a 2-1 win to Belarus.

Uruguay have also ridden their luck at times, Suarez deliberately handled a goal bound effort in extra time against Ghana, he might as well have been the goalkeeper, he was subsequently sent-off but Ghana missed the penalty.

Suarez is banned for Tuesday's match along with his teammate Jorge Fucile.

For Holland, Nigel De Jong is suspended.

Uruguay have been put through one hundred and twenty minutes of football against Ghana and the players may be fatigued. If you fancy Holland to win in ninety minutes, they are 8/13. The draw is 12/5 and a shock Uruguay win is as big as 11/2.

Forlan has looked excellent alongside Suarez all tournament and it is only a matter of time before Suarez joins a European giant. Forlan is 15/8 to score anytime but there is more value in the player specials market, he is 13/2 to score from outside the box.

Uruguay will play on the counter attack and if they have any set pieces outside the box, Forlan should take it, he is a set piece expert!

Sneijder is 10/3 to win the Golden Ball with William Hill, should the Dutch beat Uruguay and make the final this could be a cracking bet because he has been Holland's star player.

Holland's Sneijder has been fantastic throughout the tournament, he has scored four goals in five games. He is on offer at 13/2 to score the first goal.

Van Persie has started all five games for Holland so far but has been taken off each time. Forlan has scored three times this World Cup and without Suarez on Tuesday, he will be the main man!

In the goalscorer match bet market, for Van Persie v Forlan, Forlan is 7/2 to outscore Robin Van Persie. Van Persie has been out of form and hurt his elbow last match, if Uruguay take the game to Holland, there could be some value in 7/2.

 

 
 
 

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