Oscar Tabarez with selection headaches: Uruguay Team and Betting News
The last thing any manager needs is the absence of important individuals before a semi-final encounter with Holland, with the reward at stake a place in the final against either Germany or Spain. Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez has little choice but to face up to life on Tuesday without forward Luis Suarez, who handled on the line in the dying minutes against Ghana in their quarter-final tie only to see the resulting spot-kick missed by Asamoah Gyan. Uruguay later went on to record a 4-2 win in a penalty shoot-out, thus qualifying, and as a direct result of Gyan missing the penalty and Uruguay progressing, Suarez was perceived as a national hero back home for taking one for the team. The locals in Africa however see the prolific Ajax striker merely as a cheat and it’s perhaps just as well that Luis Suarez won’t play any part in Tuesday’s proceedings, with Africa now pledging all their support for Holland.
As well as Luis Suarez missing this last-four encounter through suspension, of which FIFA later announced that the forward wouldn’t see the length of his suspension extender for unsportsmanlike behaviour, Uruguay could be without their influential captain, Diego Lugano. The centre-half if nursing a knee injury although is contemplating playing through the pain barrier on Tuesday night. Full-back Jorge Fucile, who has been one of the outstanding full-backs of this tournament, is another who will miss the clash with Holland through suspension. Diego Godin (Defender) looks another major doubt, as Tabarez faces the prospect of fielding a make-shift and unfamiliar back four against the Dutch.
So far, France are the only team to have shut-out Uruguay in South Africa 2010 and despite Uruguay conjuring goals against South Africa (3), Mexico (1), South Korea (2) and Ghana (1) they are a more than generous 1.83 (5/6) to score against Holland with PaddyPower. They are, though, without Luis Suarez (3 Goals) and that may constitute to such an appealing price. Uruguay to hold their nerve and win another penalty shoot-out is 11/1 with SportingBet.
Injury and suspension to crucial players haven’t helped Uruguay’s caused before kick-off, but even so there odds of 6/1 with SkyBet to record a victory over Holland within 90 minutes (+IT) is very attractive, as is their 3.60 (13/5) to qualify for the final with SportingBet.