Uruguay – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Oscar Tabarez
Captain: Diego Lugano
Continent: South America
Nicknames: La Celeste
World Cup appearances: 11
Best World Cup: Winners; 1930 & 1950
FIFA World Ranking: 7
Uruguay Team Profile
The two time winners of the World Cup, albeit their last crown coming 60 years ago, won’t likely be gunning for the hat-trick in Brazil as they will need to defy the odds. Uruguay haven’t been given much hope by the bookies, perhaps because they weren’t entirely convincing during qualifying after needing a play-off with Jordan to finally seal their tickets to the Finals. However, the Uruguayans are a dangerous nation as they boast some serious quality in their ranks, and Oscar Tabarez knows a thing or too and they’ll at least be hoping for a spot in the last sixteen of the competition.
Uruguay had many admirers back when they won the World Cup, twice, as they are one of the smallest nations competing in this summers showcase event and are officially the smallest nation ever to win a World Cup, with an estimated 4 Million population. However, all you need for a successful team is one or two decent individuals and Uruguay have that heading into Brazil. Like Luis Suarez. Like Diego Lugano. Like Edinson Cavani.
After taking a fourth place finish at South Africa 2010, they will still be a side that others will want to avoid, simply because of their firepower. But they will have to improve dramatically after a terrible qualifying campaign, in which they faced big danger in not making it to Brazil.
Uruguay Key Players
We’ve long admired the Liverpool forward as he is a quality forward and he has grown and grown as a player with the Premier League side club (his misdemeanours aside). Suarez will head to Brazil in the form of his life as he’s been banging in the goals in the Premier League for fun, flourishing in his partnership with England man Daniel Sturridge, who he’ll go up against in the group stage. With his deadly finishing and self-made ability to create his own goals it will be interesting to see if Suarez can replicate his club form in Brazil.
Alongside Luis Suarez, you have the making of a very dangerous, very lethal strike force that should trouble defences all over the pitch. The Paris St Germain striker has netted an average of a goal every three games for his country and still has a lot to give. There have been question marks over his big game ability but a world class finisher to have a round.
Their best quality would have to be their attacking play, especially as it’s spearheaded by two of Europe’s best strikers in Edinson Cavani & Luis Suarez, the latter one of the best in the world at the moment. They can also call upon the experience of the evergreen Diego Forlan too. When Uruguay do get forward, they cause opposing defences all sort of problems as their deadly striking duet know how to exploit gaps in defence and put themselves into scoring positions. They also have players which can strike a ball from anywhere and this Uruguayan side does have goals in them.
Uruguay are a confidence side and if they don’t make a bright start in Brazil then doubts will start to creep in. They are also very inconsistent at the back as seen during qualification and even with Diego Lugano organising the troops, there is just something missing from making them much stronger. If they are going to fall down then it will be because of their defensive frailties. They are in a tough, wide open group to start off with and they simply have to try and cover up weakness in the full back positions by pushing forward.
Uruguay Qualification for the World Cup
Sector: South America
Goals Scored: 25
Goals Conceded: 25
Uruguay has a largely inconsistent campaign and they were pretty much playing catch up all along. Why? Because of their defence which shipped a hefty 25 goals and they just couldn’t get the balance right int heir side. They managed to scrape home at the end though, but still had to go to a play off against the AFC runner up, which was Jordan. Uruguay won that 5-0 on aggregate with ease, but if Brazil had had to qualify from the CONMEBOL zone this time, Uruguay may well have been left out in the cold in missing out on the finals altogether.
World Cup Potential: 3/5
Uruguay have more than quality in their squad to spring a surprise and we feel their huge price tag makes them a more than worthy outside bet. The likes of Edinson Cavani & Luis Suarez will be key in their chances to land a surprise World Cup but they’ve proven only recently that the big games just aren’t for them and we could quite easily see Uruguay make an earlier exit as well. It’s a flip of a coin for them, because if the continue their poor defence which they had through qualification, they’ll go nowhere.
Uruguay World Cup Betting Odds
Uruguay to win the World Cup (Outright): 25/1 Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Uruguay were 25/1
Uruguay World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group D
|Sa 14th June||20.00||Uruguay v Costa Rica||1:3|
|Sa. 14th June||23.00||England v Italy||1:2|
|Th 19th June||20.00||England v Uruguay||1:2|
|Fr 20th June||17.00||Italy v Costa Rica||0:1|
|Tu 24th June||17.00||Italy v Uruguay||0:1|
|Tu 24th June||17.00||Costa Rica v England||0:0|
Colombia World Cup 2014 – Round of the last 16
|Sa 28th June||21.00||Colombia v Uruguay||2:0|
World Cup 2014 Group D Table