Uruguay come into tomorrow’s match against the Republic of Ireland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on the back of a shock 2-0 away loss to Estonia on Friday (March 25th).
By way of contrast, Ireland have won their last two matches, both of which were at home, suggesting it could be a mistake to mark them down as second-favourites at 21/10.
However, this would gloss over the fact that Uruguay’s defeat to Estonia came in far from ideal conditions.
The Uruguayans’ technical superiority was blunted on a frozen pitch in Talinn, while temperatures around the 0 degrees C mark also helped bridge the 75-place gap in the Fifa world rankings between the two sides.
Similarly, it would be foolish to read too much into Uruguay’s defeat to Chile in the match prior to La Celeste’s Estonian encounter.
Chile’s impressive performance against Spain in last year’s World Cup marked them out as a good side and this has been backed up by form since the tournament’s conclusion.
As such, Uruguay are right to be fancied to beat Ireland, who have lost at home to both Russia and Norway – teams ranked below the South Americans – in recent months.
Indeed, Uruguay’s goalscoring form of late – their matches against Estonia and Chile aside – suggests they will have more than enough to put Ireland to the sword.
Recent wins include a 4-0 defeat of China, a 2-0 victory over Angola and a 7-1 mauling of Indonesia.
With this in mind, a successful £10 bet on Uruguay to beat Ireland 2-0 at bwin would return £110.
Having said that, Fulham defender Stephen Kelly will be looking to help Ireland keep a clean sheet after being handed the captain’s armband by Giovanni Trapattoni, with a 0-0 draw priced at 31/20.
Regular captain Robbie Keane will miss the game after being released along with four other senior players from the Ireland squad.
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