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Oranje favored to reach third final
by SA Editorial, July 6th, 2010 12:45AM

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[NETHERLANDS-URUGUAY] The Netherlands and Uruguay have both played for the World Cup title twice. The Dutch lost in 1974 and 1978, while the Celeste won in 1930 and 1950. Both teams will be without key players, but the Netherlands is given the edge to return to the final. For more on Tuesday's game and the predictions of Soccer America editors ...

Predictions:
Paul Kennedy: Netherlands 2-0
Ridge Mahoney: Netherlands 3-1
Mike Woitalla: Netherlands 1-0

Past World Cup Meetings:
1974 -- Netherlands 2-0.

Suspensions:
Netherlands --
Nigel de Jong, Gregory van der Wiel.
Uruguay -- Jorge Fucile, Luis Suarez.

Injuries:
Netherlands -- Robin van Persie (probable), Joris Mathijsen (probable).
Uruguay -- Nicolas Lodeiro (out), Diego Lugano (probable), Diego Godin (probable).

Probable Lineups:
Netherlands (4-3-3) -- 1-Maarten Stekelenburg, 12-Khalid Boulahrouz, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst, 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 14-Demy de Zeeuw, 11-Arjen Robben, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 9-Robin van Persie.
Uruguay (4-5-1) -- 1-Fernando Muslera, 2-Diego Lugano, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 3-Diego Godin, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 15-Diego Perez, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 20-Alvaro Fernandez, 13-Sebastian Abreu, 10-Diego Forlan.
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan).



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