Seeing that it has been eight years since Uruguay won their last Copa America trophy, la Celeste are eager to bring glory days back to the national team. Oscar Tabarez’s men aim to take advantage of the fact that both Brazil and Argentina do not seem to be on top of their game, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the knockout stages if they are to clinch their 5th Copa America title. Anyhow, things are going well for the Uruguayans so far at the tournament in Egypt.
Fallen South American giants
Thanks to a hard-fought win on penalties over Paraguay Brazil sneaked into the 2019 Copa America semi-finals, but their performance in the Arena do Gremio clash was anything but good. PSG ace Neymar, who is out of contention through injury, was once again sorely missed and seeing that Premier League star Richarlison struggles with injury as well, we do not believe that the home country are going to win the Copa America title.
Argentina have been struggling to find their best form at the tournament in Brazil as well, with the team recording only one victory in the group stages. La Celeste failed to impress in the first two group games against Colombia (0-2) and Paraguay (1-1) and it is more than obvious that the attacking partnership of Leo Messi and Kun Aguero is not in the perfect working order. Considering that coach Lionel Scaloni just can’t pick ideal starting XI, the Argentinians are unlikely to lift their first Copa America trophy since 1993 when they defeated Mexico in the title game.
Over the years Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have established themselves as one of the best attacking duos in the world football. Suarez scored 25 goals in all competitions with Barcelona last term, with the 32-year-old striker already netting two goals at the 2019 Copa America. The Barcelona superstar is one of those players who always leave their hearts on the field and, no doubt, all eyes will be on him when Uruguay take on Peru in the Copa America quarter-finals.
His peer Edinson Cavani missed a number of matches in the 2018/2019 season with injury, but the PSG attacker eventually managed to recover in time to represent his homeland at the South American Championship. “El Matador” opened his goal-scoring account in a Group C win over Chile, scoring the only goal of the match.
Anyhow, Cavani and Suarez, who were born just a few weeks apart in Salto, Uruguay back in 1987, are likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in the remainder of the tournament and we believe that the deadly duo is capable of leading la Celeste to their fifth Copa America title. You should know that Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are 5/1 at William Hill and 9/2 at Betfair respectively to win the Golden Boot at the 2019 tournament.
More to Uruguay than Suarez and Cavani
Despite the fact that many people consider Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani the best attacking duo in the world, their teammates will have to fight tooth and nail in every single game in the knockout stages if they are to help La Celeste go all the way at the tournament in Brazil.
Juventus midfielder, who made 31 appearances for the “Old Lady” in the 2018/2019 Serie A campaign, has been producing splendid displays at the Copa America and the Uruguayan rising star is likely to play an important role in Oscar Tabarez’s team in the quarter-finals clash against Peru.
Left-footed veteran Nicolas Lodeiro, who is regarded as one of the best players in MLS, has cemented his place in the starting line-up as well, whilst Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is pushing for a start. However, Uruguay will, as always, rely on their rock-solid defence in the final stages of the 2019 Copa America.
Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez go together like a knife and a fork. The defensive duo wins almost every aerial challenge; therefore, it is no surprise they often score for la Celeste after set pieces. Uruguay have already kept two clean sheets at the showpiece tournament in Brazil and, no doubt, a great defensive performance could be the key to the team’s success at the 2019 Copa America.
Diego Godin who played his 130th match for the Uruguay national team against Chile, is in the twilight of his career, meaning that he will give 100% to revive the glory of the 2011 when la Celeste clinched their last Copa America trophy. Fellow Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, on the other hand, has netted 8 goals in 53 appearances for Uruguay in all competitions, but he has yet to win a major tournament title.
Given the solidness of Uruguay defence, it is no surprise the South America side are 8/11 at Pinnacle to keep a clean sheet against Peru.
Betting Odds on Uruguay to win Copa America
Considering that Brazil play in front of home fans at the 2019 Copa America and given the number of top-class players in the Argentine squad, Uruguay are seen as No. 3 favourites to win the tournament. Oscar Tabarez can count on all of his key players in the knockout stages, therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Co. to lift the trophy. Uruguay are 9/2 at Betway to spoil Brazil’s party in the land of coffee and samba. 888Sport, on the other hand, offers odds of 4/1 on la Celeste to win the title.
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