Uruguay-Netherlands prediction

5 Jul

Uruguay is the lone remaining South American team in the World Cup and are coming off one of the most dramatic games of the tournament.  Can they make it back to the final?

I’m going to go with no for one main reason.  Luis Suarez.  Suarez, as you might have heard, is suspended for the semifinal after showing off his excellent goalkeeping skills in the dying moments of extra time against Ghana.  He is also a huge goal-scoring threat.  His partnership with Diego Forlan is very dangerous and his absence will allow the Netherlands defense to focus more on Forlan.  Although, Forlan is dangerous on his own as well (see: free kick vs. Ghana).

The Netherlands are also an extremely talented team and only got better since Arjen Robben returned to the lineup.  The Uruguayan backline struggled against Ghana and the Netherlands possess more fire power than the African nation.  Wesley Sneijder is on a tear and will be difficult to stop.  

However, the Netherlands also have the pressure of trying to win their first World Cup ever, so ya know, not much pressure at all.  They will be able to handle it and make it to the final.

Final score prediction: Netherlands 2 – Uruguay 0

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