We started yesterday with Chile, and now move on to the current holders, Uruguay. This summer they have no Luis Suarez, but still have a good squad. They are 15 time-winners, which is the most of any South American nation involved. Here is their squad for the competition in Chile:
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)
Defenders: Maxi Pereira (Benfica), Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin (both Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Gaston Silva (Torino), Jorge Fucile (Nacional)
Midfielders: Alvaro Pereira (Estudiantes), Mathias Corujo, Guzman Pereira (both Universidad de Chile), Alvaro Gonzalez (Torino), Carlos Sanchez (River Plate), Egidio Arevalo Rios (UANL Tigres), Nicolas Lodeiro (Boca Juniors), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid)
Forwards: Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Cristian Stuani (Espanyol), Abel Hernandez (Hull City), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Diego Rolan (Girondins Bordeaux), Jonathan Rodriguez (Benfica).
Coach: Oscar Tabarez
Likely Lineup: (3-4-3) Muslera, Godin, Coates, Gimenez, Maxi Pereira, Rios, Sanchez, Fucile, C Rodriguez, Cavani, Stuani
He rotated between a 4-4-2 diamond and a 3-4-3, with Fucile and Maxi Pereira as wing-backs, dropping into the full back position if a 4-4-2 is played. Without Suarez and Forlan, they may struggle to forge out chances, like at the World Cup against Costa Rica and Italy…let’s not get into the England game!
The obvious choices are Cavani, while the likes of Stuani are a threat. Diego Rolan was also a threat for Bordeaux all season. Cristian Rodriguez may well be getting on, but he is still a threat on the wings. Diego Godin is excellent from set-pieces, which could be key for the Uruguayans!
What to Expect?
With no Forlan or Suarez, chances will be few and far between. Their creativity is lacking majorly, with the likes of Lodeiro and Rodriguez getting on a bit. In Rolan and Cavani they have two excellent finishers, but forging those chances for them may be difficult. They have a rather industrious side, with the likes of Rios (5ft 6 hard man) and then Godin, Coates and the likes in defence. Not a lot of pace in this side, which counted against them against the likes of Costa Rica in the World Cup. Paraguay could challenge them for 2nd, so don’t be backing them based on what you think they should do…because anything could happen!
- Winner @ 12/1
- To Reach Final @ 5/1
- Group Winner @ 7/2
- Top Goalscorer – Edison Cavani @ 14/1
No real value in any of these bets – with Argentina in the group, they are highly unlikely to win it. Jamaica and Paraguay make up the 4, and to be fair the latter made the final last time so do not take them lightly!
I expect Uruguay to overcome the other two sides in the group, and at worst get a ‘best 3rd place’ spot in the Quarter Finals. However, with little creativity and an ageing side, I’m fully expecting the likes of Colombia, Brazil or Chile to beat them in the latter rounds. No Suarez = no chance.