Brazil had looked like the most solid team in the World Cup until Friday afternoon, but Bert van Marwijk’s side put on a battling display that caught everyone by surprise, including a dejected-looking Dunga. In the space of the match, the Netherlands grew in stature and have put themselves in real contention for the World Cup. If you think they can go all the way, you can back them outright at 9/4 with Victor Chandler.
For the Dutch to beat Uruguay in 90 minutes is 7/10 with Paddy Power, although it may well be that Holland manage to get their noses in front by the interval, especially with Wesley Sneijder (7/1 bet365) and Arjen Robben (6/1 Ladbrokes) in such fine form. You can back them to be winning at half time and full time at a more enticing 7/4 with bet365.
Uruguay have proven hard to beat and looked tidy in possession against an energetic Ghana side who came so close fulfilling the African dream. But Luis Suarez’s goalline handball and subsequent suspension from the semi-final could prove costly, leaving Diego Forlan as their main goal threat (17/2 with bet365 to score first).
Uruguay are 11/2 with Victor Chandler to beat the Dutch in 90 minutes, and 12/1 (William Hill) to win the World Cup on 11th July, but the Oranje should have enough to stop La Celeste in their tracks.
Holland are well-placed to make their first final since their 1978 loss to Argentina and you can get odds of 17/10 with Stan James about a re-run of the 1974 final against arch-rivals Germany. While Holland have not yet exhibited the Total Football of the 1970’s, they have shown the spirit and determination that should get them to the final and might well give them their first World Cup.