Uruguay were impressive in their opening 4-0 Copa America Group C clash with Ecuador, while Japan were on the receiving end of a thrashing by the same score line at the hands of Chile. Form Labs breaks down the clash while as ever we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds.
Group C saw an explosive start to life as Uruguay tore apart Ecuador 4-0, while Copa America holders Chile then did the same to Japan.
Oscar Tabarez’s men will be understandably confident heading into this clash having netted 14 times without reply across their last four fixtures now, winning each of them either 3-0 or 4-0.
Although the other three games only saw them face Uzbekistan, Thailand and Panama, those teams are not exactly on too dissimilar a level from Japan after Hajime Moriyasu elected for an incredibly inexperienced squad with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in mind.
Japan Lack Experience
The Blue Samurai’s 4-0 defeat to Chile was really the first glimpse we’ve had of this team with more experienced regulars rather strangely selected for their pre-tournament friendlies.
Indeed, eight players made their debuts against La Roja, while recent Real Madrid Castilla acquisition Takefusa Kubo made his first start following an appearance from the bench in their previous game.
His technical ability was certainly there for all to see, but the 18-year-old’s end product was missing and we’d expect Uruguay’s excellent defence to keep the Japanese attack at bay, while we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the 4-0 correct score repeated itself.
Uruguay v Japan Betting Tips
Both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez made it onto the scoresheet against Ecuador and unsurprisingly they lead the market for goalscorers in this clash.
However, it’s the former who interests us from a betting perspective. Chile don’t exactly have the tallest squad in the world but they enjoyed aerial supremacy over Japan and had quite a bit of joy with crosses into the box as both their first and third goals came from that route.
Japan may attempt to restrict the gaps for Uruguay to play in through balls in order to avoid another humiliation, and pumping balls into the box would hardly be a bad strategy for Uruguay to employ to get the breakthrough and open them up.
Cavani is a better header of the ball than Suarez and arrives in good form with nine goals in his last 15 starts for the national side since October 2017, while for club and country combined, he’s netted the first of the game in eight of the last 12 matches where he both started and found the net.
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