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Netherlands vs Uruguay: Three reasons why the Netherlands will win

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(Read caption) DUTCH PRIDE: From left, Netherlands' players Dirk Kuyt, Mark van Bommel, and Arjen Robben celebrate at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Brazil at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Dutch team is favored to win today's Netherlands vs Uruguay semifinal.

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The Men in Orange enter today's Netherlands vs Uruguay semifinal as clear favorites.

For one thing, many of South Africa's Afrikaners will be supporting them, so the match in Cape Town's Green Point Stadium will feel a lot like a home game.

They also beat perennial World Cup favorites, Brazil, in the quarterfinals. Any team that does that immediately rises in the estimation of analysts and oddsmakers.

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But here are the top three reasons the Netherlands will beat Uruguay today to advance to the World Cup final:

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