Uruguay dare to dream of winning third World Cup
Uruguay are hoping to complete the unlikeliest of hat-tricks as they bid to win their third World Cup.
Having won the World Cup in 1930 and 1950, Uruguay are 12/1 to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for a third time in South Africa.
This is the first time since 1990 that Uruguay have gone beyond the group stages, and Oscar Tabarez’s side look capable of extending their run beyond the last eight.
As we predicted before the tournament began, Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan have been integral to Uruguay’s progress.
Having netted three goals so far, Suarez is a convincing 1/7 to be Uruguay’s top scorer. Forlan, however, is only one goal behind with two, and he is temptingly priced at 4/1 to be the leading marksman.
And having led their side to a quarter-final tie with Ghana, Suarez and Forlan will be confident of firing Uruguay to the final four and beyond.
Another crucial feature of Uruguay’s success has been their defence. They’ve only conceded one goal so far, and marshalled by captain Diego Lugano, the backline is evens to keep a clean sheet against Ghana.
With Brazil emerging as potential semi-final opponents, Uruguay will take heart from the fact that they have beaten their South American rivals on 21 occasions.
And if Uruguay can maintain their winning balance of a near-impenetrable defence and lethal strike partnership, their hopes of clinching a third World Cup could become more than a mere dream.
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