Uruguay have the relatively straight forward task of beating lowly Jordan in the play-off between the CONMEBOL and AFC federations that grants the victor passage to the 2014 World Cup, so those fancying them to win the trophy in Brazil for the second time in their history would be advised to get on them now at a whopping 33/1.
The Uruguayans made the World Cup semi-finals at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
Don’t let the fact that Los Dinosauros are having to go to the embarrassingly remedial lengths of a qualifying play-off to book their ticket to Brazil, they had to do just that four years ago.
Oscar Tabarez’s men narrowly saw off Costa Rica on that occasion and certainly made good on their reprieve, shocking the world with a run to the penultimate hurdle, where they succumbed 3-2 to the Netherlands.
With the same manager and many of the same players at the upcoming World Cup they’ll be hopeful of getting even further.
La Celeste pushed Brazil far closer than any of their other Confederations Cup foes.
Having already taken on Brazil in competitive action in Belo Horizonte in the summer 0f 2013 the Uruguayans already know the height of the animosity they can face at the World Cup.
Despite going down 2-1 to a Paulinho effort inside the final five minutes of normal time in the semi-final their fearless performance against the Selecao showed that Tabarez’s men are ceaselessly competitive when the chips are down.
The same Brazil that struggled for creativity and fluency against Luis Suarez and friends ran amok against a Spain side with the best record in the European World Cup qualifying section in the final, taking the trophy by a 3-0 margin.
Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez have scored a combined 87 goals in 109 games since the beginning of 2012/13.
Arguably there is no nation on earth that can boast two strikers that have been more prolific than the Uruguayan pair over this season and the last.