Holland ruing suspensions: Team and Betting News
Holland coach Bert Van Marwijk will be without two key figures for Tuesday’s clash with South American outfit Uruguay. Combative midfielder Nigel De Jong and full-back Gregory Van Der Wiel will both miss the Cape Town meeting through suspension after the pair collected their second cautions of the finals in the stunning 2-1 win over Brazil in the quarter-finals.
It is unlikely Van Marwijk will alter his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation, so John Heitinga could be forced out of his centre-back comfort zone in order to fill the void now left by Nigel De Jong. Heitinga is a defender by trade but has been known to fill in for club and country as a defensive-midfielder when necessary. If this is to be the case, the Everton player will be left with the daunting task of marking Uruguay’s joint-leading scorer and play-maker Diego Forlan. It will also mean Andre Ooijer playing his second successive game of these finals at centre-back alongside Joris Mathijsen.
Also, news that Robin Van Persie‘s arm injury wasn’t as bad as first feared means the Arsenal forward, whom has managed just one goal in South Africa in five games, will once again lead the line for Holland on Tuesday. Van Persie did open the scoring for Holland in their final Group E encounter against Cameroon and is a best priced 5/1 with Coral to do the same on Tuesday against Uruguay. On the other hand, another Wesley Sneijder double (To Score 2 or More), like he did against Brazil in the last round, is a tasty 18/1 with PaddyPower.
Both of Holland’s knock-out matches have been tight and nervy affairs, with Holland etching out narrow 2-1 wins against Slovakia (Round of 16) and Brazil (Quarter-Final). The Dutch are 17/2 with SkyBet to beat Uruguay by the same score (2-1), while if you fancy Holland to produce another memorable comeback after going a goal behind then take PaddyPower’s 11/1 on Holland To Win From Behind.
Holland are 1.67 (4/6) with SkyBet and Boylesports to beat Uruguay within the designated 90 minutes, while they are a slim 1.33 (1/3) to qualify for the final with Bodog.