Uruguay Team Info – Suarez’s Final Chance?
This may be the last chance that fans of Luis Suarez will have to see the great striker in the World Cup. At the age of 35, Suarez now plays in Nacional, in the Uruguayan football league, but he shows no signs of slowing down. He scored 8 goals for Uruguay during the qualifier games, to help them secure a place in the 2022 World Cup. Suarez is not the only older player in the Uruguayan side, as strikers Edinson Cavani and Cristhian Stuani are 35 and 36 years old; defenders Diego Godin and Martin Caceres are 35 and 36 years old; and their goalkeeper Fernando Muslera is 36 years old. After Suarez, Cavani is the second most prolific striker in the squad. He currently plays for Valencia at club level, and for Uruguay he has scored 58 goals in 133 appearances. Uruguay's attack will not be in too much trouble, as they also have Liverpool's record signing Darwin Nunez, as well as Manchester United's Facundo Pellistri, and Maxi Gomez and Diego Rossi, who play in the Turkish league.
Their defence may be more worrying. Uruguay scored 22 goals across their 18 qualifier games - which is not great offensively, but they also conceded 22 goals, which can be a problem. Godin and Caceres are both hugely important defenders for Uruguay, and whilst they do also have Jose Gimenez and Sebastian Coates, there are not many other defenders who have played many games for the country. Matias Vina has 24 caps and Giovanni Gonzalez has 16, whilst Ronald Araujo, Guillermo Varela, and Joaquin Piquerez all have under 12 caps. Uruguay will still be a top team in the competition. In recent years they have usually managed to overcome the odds and reach far, such as in 2014, when they finished ahead of England and Italy in the group, or 2018, when they won all their group matches without conceding a single goal.
South Korea Team Info – All Eyes on Son Heung-min
South Korea jumped up from 36th to 28th in the football world rankings after their impressive qualifiers. They secured a second place finish in the AFC Group A, winning 7 games, drawing 2, and losing only their very last game. They scored 13 goals and only conceded 3, giving Portuguese manager Paulo Bento reason to believe his side may be able to have an impact at the World Cup. Bento has been managing the side since 2018, after South Korea were knocked out in the group stage of the World Cup. Their campaign in that World Cup was not great, but in their last match they did manage to beat the reigning champions, Germany, 2-0. The performance showed the world how dangerous South Korea can be against big opponents.
The key player in the current South Korean side is Son Heung-min, who has scored 33 goals from 102 appearances for his country. He is a first team player at Tottenham Hotspur, where he helped them finish second in the Premier League and also brought them to a Champions League final. Another Premier League player in the South Korean side is Hwang Hee-chan, who plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Uruguay vs South Korea Head-to-head
Uruguay has faced South Korea 2 times in previous World Cups. In 1990, they beat South Korea in the group stage 1-0, and in the 2010 World Cup, they beat South Korea 2-1 in the round of 16. Out of the 10 meetings between the two teams, Uruguay have won 6, 1 game ended in a draw, and 1 in a victory for South Korea, which was in 2018, their most recent meeting.
Uruguay vs South Korea Betting Preview
This game has the potential to be extremely exciting, with prolific strikers in both teams. You will find plenty of bets that you can make on either Uruguay or South Korea, including riskier bets with longer odds, and safer bets with shorter odds. If you think Uruguay will easily beat South Korea, you may want to raise the stakes, and apply a handicap to Uruguay. If you think the teams are more evenly matched, you may want to try double chance bets, which come at shorter odds but offer more insurance in case there is any big upset.
Double chance is a bet on the result of a match, but instead of having to pick one of the three possible outcomes, you can pick two. In the group match between Uruguay and South Korea, you can bet on Uruguay to win or the two teams to draw, South Korea to win or the two teams to draw, or either team to win.
Handicap betting is when you bet on a team to win by a certain number of goals or more. You can also use reverse handicaps, where you bet on a team to win with a certain number of goals added to their final score. There are three types of handicaps.
If you pick Uruguay to win with a handicap of -1.5 then you will need them to win the match by 2 or more goals. You can bet on Uruguay to win with a handicap of -2 and then you will need them to win by 3 or more goals, but if they only finish 2 goals ahead of South Korea then the scores will be level and you will receive a refund.
If you bet on Uruguay to win with a handicap of -1.75 then your bet will be split in two, with half of your stake going on a bet of -1.5 and the other on a bet of -2. If Uruguay win the match by 3 or more goals then both halves of your bet will be fulfilled and you will receive your full winnings. If Uruguay only manages to win the game by 2 goals then the -1.5 part of your bet will pay out in full but the -2 part of your bet will be refunded.
Over/Under Total Goals
Total goals is a bet on how many goals will be scored between both teams in a match. You will need to pick one of multiple betting lines offered, and then bet on the match to end with over or under that number of goals. For example, if you pick a line of 2.5 and bet over, then you will need Uruguay and South Korea to score 3 or more goals between them. If you bet on under, then the two teams should score 2 goals or less between them.
And Many More
You will find that there are far more bets listed in our massive catalogue on the group match between Uruguay and South Korea. None of these markets are difficult to grasp, and they can offer you the chance to put your football knowledge to the test. Uruguay to win the first half, South Korea to keep a clean sheet, South Korea to reverse the result, Uruguay to score in both halves, Uruguay to win by a margin of 2, South Korea to win either half, are all examples of the different aspects of the match that you can bet on.
When planning your bets, it is always important to make sure you keep track of how much money you play with. There is an enormous amount of bets available for the World Cup matches and we urge you to not spend more than you can afford to lose. You can find a lot of helpful material at gambleaware.co.uk on how to gamble more responsibly.