Sports gambling excitement is now at a fever pitch for the Netherlands and their Tuesday World Cup betting semifinal matchup with Uruguay as the winner will make the final.
The Netherlands became the first team in World Cup history to rally from a 0-1 deficit to beat Brazil in a 2-1 final. The Netherlands completely took control of the game in the second half and left Brazil dazed and its coach Dunga fired afterwards.
The Netherlands is enjoying their best online sports gambling success in World Cup action since making the final in 1978. The Dutch have often been overlooked by handicappers for bigger favorites such as Brazil but they have not lost a regulation match since 2007 when Belarus defeated them 2-1.
The Netherlands has always had a reputation for being a slick passing team with a lot of skill and finesse but this team is advancing with grit, determination and a hard working defense.
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk is very concerned about Tuesday’s sports gambling matchup with Uruguay and is telling everyone that will listen to not take them lightly.
“Uruguay is a strong side and we will have to be very concentrated,” said the coach. “They are fighters, survivors.”
The Netherlands will enter Tuesday’s World Cup football betting semifinal ranked 4th in the world while Uruguay is ranked 16th.
One of the sports book gambling keys to the Netherlands advancing against Uruguay will be defender John Heitinga as he will be given the ultra tough assignment of defending against Uruguay super star Diego Forlan.
“Forlan is a really good player,” said Heitinga. “Diego is good with both feet and therefore impossible for a defender to predict what he’s going to do. And it is imperative not to allow him time to shoot even from a distance, because he possesses one of the best shots on the planet.”
Van Marwijk meanwhile said that when he took over as coach of the Netherlands he wanted to place a strong emphasis on defense to improve their chances with the World Cup betting odds.
“When I took over this job, my first goal was to teach the team to defend better.”
He is also worried about a potential let down after the big upset over Brazil.
“We have to take the duel with Uruguay very seriously because, mentally, it is difficult to get yourselves back into the mix after a victory against Brazil.”