Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Uruguay head into the 2022 World Cup as the 14th best-ranked side in the world and will be seeking to emerge from the shadows of their South American superiors.
The likes of Brazil and Argentina can count on their vast pools of disposable talent from their vast populations, whereas Los Uruguayos has a total of just 3.5 million inhabitants, which makes them the smallest country at the World Cup 2022.
La Celeste will be hoping for a long-awaited return to glory, having hosted and won the first-ever edition of the tournament in 1930, while also winning the trophy in 1950.
Coming off the back of a disappointing quarter-final exit in the Copa América, La Celeste will be looking for their wealth of experience, in combination with some exciting young players, to provide a successful run into the latter stages of the tournament in Qatar.
Manager Diego Alonso will be happy with the progress that his side has made since he was hired towards the end of their South American qualifying campaign.
With Uruguay managing just two wins in their previous eight games, newly appointed Alonso led the team to four straight wins in their final games of qualifying, with his team eventually finishing third.
The introduction of Ronald Araújo as a consistent figure in the back four under Alonso was key, with the 23-year-old Barcelona defender playing every minute of the final four matches.
Long-time talisman Luis Suárez bagged eight goals in qualifying. Supported by the likes of Darwin Núñez and Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan attack may emerge as a force to be reckoned with at the World Cup.
Uruguay Team Odds To Win World Cup
The two-time World Cup winners come into this year’s tournament as 12th favourite at 50/1 (+5000). Having not won the competition since 1950 a return to glory seems unlikely for the Uruguayans.
Uruguay takes up one spot in Group H alongside Portugal, Ghana, and South Korea.
As the second highest-ranked team in the group behind Portugal, Uruguay is expected to make it out at 4/11 (-275) to proceed past the group stage.
However, do not expect South Korea and Ghana to simply roll over.
South Korea possesses the likes of Son Heung-min, whilst Ghana could see the addition of stars such as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tariq Lamptey should they choose to switch their allegiances from England before the start of the tournament, which would seriously strengthen their squad.
Uruguay is second-favourite to win the group at 15/8 (+188) behind the hotly-tipped Portugal side, who are expected to top the group.
After reaching the quarter-finals in Russia in 2018, La Celeste is the 11th favourite to do so again at 11/5 (+220) – original odds: 23/10 (+230) – a decent price for a squad with such experience.
Uruguay cannot be counted out when it comes to reaching the semi-finals with Diego Alonso’s side priced at 13/2 (+650) to make it to the final four.
With the likes of Diego Godín and Edinson Cavani, who were in the side when they reached the semis in 2010, experience in high-pressure knockout games will be key.
After only reaching the quarter-finals of the Copa América, the Uruguayans will hope to at least go one better and reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2010.
How To Bet On Uruguayan Team In Qatar
With a wealth of unique talent and a history of defying their World Cup odds, you may be wanting to place a few bets on Uruguay at this year’s tournament.
Before deciding where to place your money, it is important to understand what types of bets are available and how these markets work to give you the best opportunity to place a winning bet.
There are a large number of football betting markets so it’s important to find the right ones.
Below is a list of markets on which you may choose to place your money when following Uruguay throughout their 2022 World Cup campaign
Player Prop Bets
During an Uruguay match, you may decide that you specifically want to bet on the mercurial Luis Suárez.
This is known as a player prop bet, which is a bet placed on a single player’s performance in a match.
For example, you could bet on Suárez to score in the match or potentially even score two or three.
Team Prop Bets
When watching an Uruguay match you may decide that you want to bet on them as a team.
This is known as a team prop bet, which involves betting on a specific team’s performance during the match.
For example, you may want to think about betting on Uruguay to score first or not to score at all.
Another type of bet which should be explored is Asian handicap betting.
This market closes the odds between the two teams by handicapping one team as well as eliminating the option of a draw.
Essentially one of the teams is already ahead before the game has even started.
Uruguay is the favourite to win its opening game against South Korea. The handicap for this match may be set at 1.5 goals, with Uruguay starting on -1.5 goals and South Korea starting on +1.5 goals.
Whichever side then scores the most with the handicap being taken into account is then the winner.
You would either be able to back Uruguay to win with a handicap of -1.5 goals or Ghana to come out on top with a handicap of +1.5 goals.
If you were to bet on Uruguay to win with the -1.5 goal handicap applied and they were to only win 1-0 then you would end up disappointed and lose your bet.
When watching Uruguay’s match against Portugal, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez on the pitch you might expect there to be a lot of goals and so you may want to place a bet on how many will be scored.
Goal lines bets allow you to bet on how many goals will be scored in that game.
This means that in a game between Uruguay and Portugal you could place a bet on over 3.5 goals being scored in the match.
During Uruguay’s match against Portugal, the bookmaker may predict that four goals will be scored throughout the match.
The totals market then lets you bet over or under the number of goals predicted by the bookmaker.
If the bookmaker’s goal tally was set at four goals and you placed a bet on the number of goals being over four, then if the match were to finish 3-2, that would be a winning bet.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Uruguay
Betting on Uruguay at the World Cup can be simple and effective, but before you are able to do this you need to find which bookmaker you want to sign up with.
Firstly, have a look to see where you can find the best odds and find the bookmakers that offer the markets that you want to bet on, as well as the one with the best sign-up offers.
Once you have done this all you need to do is set up an account, select your desired Uruguay World Cup bet and add it to your bet slip before staking it.
Here are five steps to follow through this process:
- Find a bookmaker that offers the markets you want to bet on with the best odds.
- Locate the bet you want to place and add it to your bet slip. This is often done by simply clicking on the odds or clicking an ‘add’ option on the screen.
- Select how much money you would like to stake and deposit this into your account.
- Once the money is in your account it will allow you to press the ‘place bet’ option on your bet slip. Make sure that everything is correct with your bet before placing your wager.
- During the match, you may be offered a cash-out option based on the events that occur in the match so be sure to check on your bet during the match.
Uruguay Team Overview For Qatar
Uruguay has some of the most promising young talents in world football in their squad, as well as heaps of international experience.
With an abundance of attacking talent, Uruguay could be one of the more exciting teams to follow in the World Cup in Qatar.
Despite exiting the Copa América in the quarter-finals, Uruguay will be hopeful that the emergence of world-class talent in their squad over the past season can give them something to shout about at this year’s tournament.
But of course, La Celeste will largely be looking to their all-time top scorer Luis Suárez to lead from the front and score crucial goals to take them deep into the competition.
Key Football Players
Uruguay’s squad is littered with talent of varying ages.
The squad consists of significant international experience as well as some of the world’s leading players starting their international careers.
With quality throughout the side, Uruguay has a strong spine built on physicality, skill, passion, and experience.
The pace and talent of this Uruguayan squad could cause problems for any side given their ability to counter-attack with speed and precision.
Uruguay is a force to be reckoned with going forward, with experienced internationals like Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani.
These two alone have 126 goals between them for the national side, with 12 of those coming at World Cups.
Owing to Uruguay’s counter-attacking nature, it is likely that only one will start each game and will predominantly act as a link player and a penalty-box poacher, whilst the younger more athletic players lead the counter-attacks.
The most likely strike partner is 23-year-old Liverpool forward Darwin Núñez. The pacey and prolific forward scored 34 goals in 41 matches for Benfica last season, with six of those coming in the Champions League, making him the top-scoring Uruguayan.
His speed and physicality up front will be key to Uruguay’s direct, counter-attacking style of play and he could have a crucial role in providing a partner for Suárez or Cavani.
Uruguay’s midfield has a real mix of styles with aggressive ball-winners such as Lucas Torreira, strong ball carriers such as Federico Valverde, and technical wide players like Giorgian De Arrascaeta, who chipped in with five goals, predominantly from left midfield, in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Torreira’s aggressive nature and his ability to turn the ball over quickly will be crucial to starting off counter-attacks.
Valverde comes into the World Cup after playing a crucial role in the Champions League-winning Real Madrid side.
Playing largely on the right-hand side for his club, his technical prowess means he is likely to play more centrally for Uruguay, and his pace and strength when carrying the ball through the heart of midfield could prove to be very effective for his country.
With Diego Godín captaining the side from the heart of the defence, La Celeste has bags of experience to rely on at the back.
This will be crucial to being water-tight at the back in order to win games by nicking goals on the counter-attack when playing the bigger nations in the latter stages of the tournament.
Uruguay were dealt a blow when Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo sustained an adductor injury in September, and he is not expected to feature for his nation throughout the tournament.
Another key point will be the fitness of Suárez and Cavani, with both needing regular football but also needing to avoid injury before the World Cup, which may not be easy with both players being 35 years old when Qatar comes around.
Coaching & Technical Staff
With four matches remaining to qualify for Qatar, Uruguay appointed Diego Alonso as their manager.
With a wealth of experience managing in South America as well as a stint at Inter Miami, Alonso had a lot to live up to in replacing Óscar Tabárez, who had overseen the last 15 years of Uruguayan national team football.
Guiding his side to four consecutive wins in qualifying, while giving young players such as Ronald Araújo the opportunity to be regular fixtures in the side, Alonso made an instant impact.
Uruguay has a total backroom staff of six, consisting of two assistant managers, including former international Darío Rodríguez, one goalkeeping coach, two fitness coaches, and one physiologist.
Uruguay Team Road To Qatar
Uruguay’s qualification got off to a shaky start with just four wins in their first 14 games, suffering heavy losses to Brazil and Argentina as well as an embarrassing 3-0 loss to 77th ranked Bolivia.
This left them with no choice but to part ways with the long-serving Óscar Tabárez and hire new manager Diego Alonso.
This change in personal as well as a shift to a 4-4-2 formation saw La Celeste win all of their final four qualifying matches, leading to a third-place finish in the CONMEBOL qualifying group.
Luis Suárez unsurprisingly led the scoring in Uruguay’s qualifying campaign with eight goals, while Giorgian de Arrascaeta also had an impressive campaign netting five times from the left of midfield.
Uruguay’s World Cup History
Uruguay will forever be a part of World Cup history having hosted and won the first edition of the tournament in 1930.
Since then, they have been successful on one other occasion, lifting the trophy in Brazil in 1950. This makes them one of only six countries to have won the trophy more than once.
Uruguay also wrote themselves into World Cup folklore in 2010 in a match against Ghana where Luis Suárez controversially handled the ball on the goal line, leading to a penalty which was subsequently missed by Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan.
Uruguay progressed to the semi-finals with that win, which was their joint highest placement in the tournament since their win in 1950.
Uruguay fans are known to be some of the most passionate football fans on the planet, with their main rivalries coming against Brazil and Argentina.
Should they face either of these sides at the tournament expect extreme passion, constant noise, and a lot of tears.
Uruguayan fans at the 2014 World Cup were noted for their passion for the team, going so far that they would cry at almost every major event in a match, from the national anthem to the full-time whistle.
The Uruguayan fans, along with their light blue and white face paint, will bring passion, desire, and lots of noise to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar