Beating the host nation of any international football tournament always attracts a lot of attention, but after knocking Argentina out of their own Copa America, Uruguay find themselves odds-on favourites to reach the final.
bwin has the Charruas down as a 1/4 shot to reach the final, while Peru are seen as an outside bet at 51/20.
Despite some indifferent form of late, and the necessity of a penalty shootout to get by Argentina, Uruguay are also fancied to beat Peru within the regulation 90 minutes.
Oscar Tabarez’s men are priced at 3/4 to achieve victory in their semi final, while Peru offer odds of 4/1 and the draw is seen as a 9/4 shot.
Last time out the sides produced an underwhelming 1-1 draw, but past results show the two teams are able to conjure up moments of magic.
Over the last five games between the countries, Uruguay have a 6-0 win to their name, while Peru ran out 3-0 winners in the game prior to that.
Both teams have won the competition before, Uruguay in 1983, 1987 and 1995 and Peru in 1975, but while Uruguay have tasted final defeat, as in 1999, Peru boast a 100 per cent final record having only reached that stage on one occasion.
Despite both sides laying claim to heavy wins in recent history, football betting enthusiasts could be tempted to back a tight affair, given the outcome of the recent group stage clash.
A repeat of the 1-1 result from that encounter is priced at 13/2, while a 1-0 win for Uruguay offers odds of 21/4 and a win for Peru by the same scoreline is seen as a 19/4 bet.
However, with such an array of attacking talent on display there could be a number of goals during the game, which means there are great odds to be had in the first goal scorer market.
Uruguay, while spoilt for choice up front, are likely to go with a forward partnership of Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez. The strikers are among the favourites to score first and both can be backed at 7/2 to do just that.
That said, Sebastian Abreu, who has 26 goals from 66 caps, and 24-year-old Edison Cavani, who has nine international goals to his name, could press for a starting berth and are priced at 9/2 and 6/1 respectively to break the deadlock.
For Peru, Paulo Guerrero is almost certain to start after hitting 12 goals from his first 32 internationals. The Hamburger SV striker offers odds of 6/1 to score the game’s first goal and will be partnered up front by one of a trio of young attackers.
Andre Carrillo and Raul Ruidaz, both 20 years-old, are priced at 9/1 and 11/1 respectively to find the back of the net first, while 21-year-old Sporting Cristal front man Luis Advincula has more experienced and offers odds of 12/1 to achieve the feat.
There are a wide number of bets available on the game, but fans should remember with Argentina and Brazil now out of the tournament, anything could happen.
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