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Uruguay dare to dream of winning third World Cup

| 29.06.2010

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.

The South Americans are evens to win against Ghana, and Forlan leads the charge to be the first goalscorer at 4/1. Suarez is 9/2 to open the scoring.

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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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.