The first-leg of the AFC-CONMEBOL World Cup 2014 qualification play-off is a glamour tie that sees the mighty Uruguay head to Jordan in a bid to chisel an advantage ahead of the second leg in Montevideo, but their moody road defence suggests a hearty 7/4 about both teams scoring is a price worth snaffling.
Luis Suarez has scored eight times in seven outings since returning from suspension this season.
Let’s take care of the obvious first, the visitors’ head honcho is in scintillating form, smashing five strikes in his last three games for Liverpool.
Even though the Jordanians have kept clean sheets in their last three outings they’re given little hope of resisting the Anfield goal machine.
Uruguay have conceded at least once in 13 of their last 15 matches not played on home soil.
Only three sides in South American qualifying had poorer defensive records than Los Dinosauros, who are still reliant on the wise head and leaden legs of West Brom bench-warmer Diego Lugano to squire their back four alongside Diego Godin.
Both sides have now rippled the onion bag in five of La Celeste’s last seven outings and with an away goal an alluring carrot for Suarez and friends to go in search of a nibble on they may offer space for the Jordanians to exploit on the counter attack.
The Brave Gentlemen last tasted defeat in Jordan 17 matches ago.
Few of their opponents may have had the quality of Oscar Tabarez’s 2010 World Cup semi-finalists, but Japan, Australia and Nigeria have all been bested at the Amman International Stadium, with the first two of those penetrated twice by the hosts.
Jordan are seldom denied in front of their own partisans either, having scored at least once in 14 of their last 15 home games.