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Can Suarez make his 100th cap for his country count?


Uruguay v Saudi Arabia – Wednesday 20th June, 16:00, BBC

Uruguay are massive favourites after the respective results of the two teams in their openers. Saudi Arabia were deservedly thrashed 5-0 by Russia as their midfield and defence continually went AWOL. They’ve now lost four games on the bounce while scoring just twice and conceding 12. Moreover, when playing teams we ranked inside the world’s top 20 on foreign soil since 2010, they’ve lost all eight of their matches with seven Loss/Loss HT/FT defeats. Furthermore, they trailed 2-0 at half-time in four of the last six of those matches, as they did in their opener with Russia.

Uruguay have won 13 of their last 17 competitive matches against teams we had ranked outside the world’s top 20 while they’ve won 12 of their last 14 against Asian sides (including friendlies). They should have far too much firepower for the Saudis and although he was wasteful against Egypt we expect Luis Suarez to get on the scoresheet here. This will be his 100th cap and he’s scored nine times in his last 13 tournament starts (World Cups, Copa Americas and Confederations Cups). He scored and assisted in Uruguay’s only warm-up friendly and with the opening game nerves and rustiness out of the way he’s worth backing to mark his landmark appearance with the opening goal.


Uruguay W/W at 5/8

HT 2-0 Uruguay at 7/2

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