Red Hot & Dutch

Despite experts doubting the sides from Europe, all three survivors know how to play as a team and everyone knows what their roles are, the same can be said of Uruguay too.

The Dutch have always been well backed in this tournament; even before a ball was kicked they and Argentina were the most backed teams with Paddy Power. There will be some quietly excited punters who backed them before the tournament started at 16/1 to lift their first World Cup.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.