Uruguay and Peru bring the curtain down on the Copa America quarter-finals at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. With Suarez and Cavani showcasing good form it is understandable Uruguay are favourites to advance through to the semi-finals. Form Labs break down the clash with their betting preview and tips for the game to help you book your Copa America semi-final spot.
Peru may easily have been the best third-placed team, with their tally of four points double the amount achieved by Paraguay and Japan, but it’s worth remembering that they did benefit from being drawn into the easiest group.
The 5-0 humbling they received at the hands of Brazil in their final encounter has to be of concern, and though the Selecao can often turn on the style when they get an early breakthrough, Uruguay will be happy to have drawn Ricardo Gareca’s side rather than Colombia in the quarters after beating Chile in their last outing to top their own selection.
Although we wouldn’t expect Uruguay to be too gung-ho in the final third, we wouldn’t completely rule out a comfortable margin of victory after netting at least three times in four of six unbeaten matches in 2019 to date.
In fact, they won to nil in five of these games, and though they twice fell behind against Japan in the exception, Hajime Moriyasu’s youthful outfit pressed with verve and energy in a manner that Peru won’t be able to match with ageing strikers Jefferson Farfan (34) and Paulo Guerrero (35) leading the line.
The veterans have so far failed to deliver much success up front and with Peru’s only strikes so far coming against group whipping boys Bolivia, Uruguay’s fearsome backline should expect to repel their limited advances.
Uruguay v Peru Betting Tips
Oscar Tabarez can call upon his own veteran strikers in Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, both of whom turned 32 earlier this year, but this is essentially their final international tournament at the peak of their powers and both are delivering the goods.
Each have registered two goals and an assist so far, but it’s the Barcelona man we fancy in this encounter. Suarez loves playing Peru, registering six assists and three goals in six encounters dating back to the 2011 Copa America, whereas Cavani has only managed one goal and one assist from five head-to-head appearances over that same period.
Peru didn’t show much of a competitive edge after going behind to Brazil, while Suarez demonstrated his iron will to win in two incidents against Chile, first claiming a penalty when goalkeeper Gabriel Arias handled the ball in his own six yard box, before demanding Gonzalo Jara be booked for kicking a pitch invader.
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