Today’s Uruguay v England game is perhaps the one Liverpool fans have been waiting for the most this summer. With Gerrard, Sturridge and Suarez all expected to start and Sterling, Henderson and Johnson also expected to feature, this is going to be a great game for Liverpool fans to watch.
There are plenty of reasons for supporters of both Uruguay and England to be hopeful – and we’ll look at betting tips for both sets of fans. Doesn’t matter if you back Suarez or Sturridge, there’s no excuse not to make some money off a potentially great game!
The theory in the England camp goes that with Suarez barely fit and Liverpool players well-versed in countering Suarez in training, the Uruguayan striker does not hold the same fear factor for England as he did for Premier League defences in the last two seasons.
There’s also a realisation that England were one or two unlucky moments away from a point or all three against Italy, whereas Uruguay looked completely at sea against Costa Rica and their leaky defence, even if they play better, be more accommodating than the Italians.
England are no defensive stalwarts either with their back four the weakest part of the team. As such, we’re expecting England to once again start with Rooney, Sterling, Sturridge and Welbeck and look to stretch the Uruguayan defence and beat them through pace.
An England win is at 2.00, but a more attractive bet is Sturridge to score and England to win at 5.25 while Sturridge to score the first goal is at 6.00.
England’s worst fear is that Suarez, half-fit or 10% fit, could unlock an unsteady defence. Suarez will run at and nag England defenders for every second that he is on the pitch, and with the England defence like to make at least one mistake this game, Suarez (or his teammate Cavani) is a good bet to score in this game.
But can Uruguay win? They need Suarez to step up and score, and Uruguay will be gunning for England from the first whistle, looking to unsettle them and put them on the back foot. Suarez to score the first goal is a good bet at 6.00, although when it comes to an Uruguay win, the 3.30 on offer for a South American victory shows that it’s a difficult task, even if Suarez scores.
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