Uruguay odds to win group and World Cup outright – Cavani & Suarez set to shine

Uruguay won the World Cup the last time Brazil staged it all the way back in 1950, an omen if ever there was one! Indeed, Uruaguay are expected to qualify from Group D at odds of 1/2, while they are 25/1 to win the World Cup outright.

Manager: Oscar Tabarez
World Cup best:
Winners (1930, 1950)
How they qualified:
Intercontinental play-offs

Uruguay could only finish fifth in a nine team South American qualification group and were even in danger of missing out completely at one stage.

Three wins from their last four games, including victories over Colombia and Argentina ensured they went into an intercontinental play-off.

Uruguay faced Jordan for a place in the World Cup and their 5-0 win in Asia, meant there was little no point for the second leg.

Star player: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Luis Suarez is the world’s best striker on current form, having scored 31 goals in 33 league games for Liverpool this season.

His form for his country has also been amazing in the same period, with his goals helping Uruguay to turn around a woeful looking qualifying campaign.

Suarez had a crazy 2010 World Cup, from a beautiful double against South Korea to becoming a figure of hate in Ghana.

You wouldn’t expect any different this time around from the controversial genius.

One to watch: Alvaro Pereira (Sao Paulo)

A move to Inter back in 2012 back fired on Alvaro Pereira who excelled under Andre Villas-Boas at Porto for a year.

He has since moved to Sao Paulo on loan in Brazil and a good World Cup could resurrect his hopes of continuing a career in Europe.

Strengths

Suarez and Edison Cavani is strike partnership that is up there with the very best at the World Cup and can even stake a claim to be the strongest.

The pair have 58 international goals between them and with Diego Forlan and Abel Hernandez waiting in the wings, they should be fine for goals!

Weaknesses

Manager Oscar Tabarez is reluctant to dismiss some of the old guard that performed so well at the previous World Cup.

Diego Lugano of West Brom has struggled since 2010, with seven of Uruguay’s squad older than 30.

How far can they go?
It’s really two from three in Group D and if Uruguay can get out, you’d fancy them to at least make the last eight.

Squad

Goalkeepers : Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Rodrigo Munoz

Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez, Sebastian Coates, Martin Caceres, Jorge Fucile

Midfielders: Alejandro Silva, Alvaro Gonzalez, Alvaro Pereira, Walter Gargano, Egidio Arevalo Rios, Diego Perez, Sebastian Eguren, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez, Nicolas Lodeiro

Forwards: Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Abel Hernandez, Diego Forlan, Christian Stuani

Group D
Uruguay

Costa Rica
England
Italy

Fixtures

Saturday 14th June: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 20:00
Thursday 19th July: Uruguay vs. England 20:00
Tuesday 24th June: Italy vs. Uruguay 17:00

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