England vs Uruguay

This should be crunch game for both sides, after losses in the opening game. After the South American side’s shock loss to Costa Rica, they will go in as underdogs with the bookies, but they should have Suarez back after he has been training fully and looks fit to play. England fill fancy their chances of 3 points after playing reasonably well against Italy. They look like they have the creativity and pace in the final third to cause their opposition problems. Both teams to score @4/6 looks like a good bet, although not so favourably priced. Over 2.5 goals @10/11 might be a better bet, with both teams realistically looking for a win and neither team being overly impressive defensively.

With Suarez expected to play, it opens up a few more opportunities for his side, for example Uruguay are 7/1 to be awarded a penalty in the match, which could be a good shout. For England, it looks like Sturridge will be the main man, and Sturridge is 5/1 to score first, which seems good but Uruguay could be looking to get out of the blocks quickly and get the first goal. I expect Uruguay to be strong and committed in the tackle, if not slightly reckless. They top the charts so far for poor discipline with a red and 3 yellows in their opening game, with England only picking up one booking so far in theirs. Uruguay to get the most booking points @4/5 looks like a sensible bet, particularly with Sterling and Sturridge running at the as the main outlet for England and the slight lack of pace in the South American side’s defence. It squares up to be a competitive and potentially exciting game.

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