Competition: World Cup
Market: Uruguay win
Odds: 8/11 @ 888sport
Looking to open their Group H adventure with an early statement in Al Rayyan, Uruguay will meet South Korea on Thursday afternoon.
Starting with Uruguay, while they might have been struck by a shock 1-0 loss at the hands of Iran back in September, the South American giants have proven that was nothing more than just a minor blip. Last seen signing off their pre-World Cup preparations with an eye-catching 2-0 victory against Canada, Diego Alonso’s men have their sights firmly set on clinching a route out of Group H this year. Booking their ticket to Qatar with break much of a sweat during their qualifying run, Uruguay are enjoying what has been an impressive flurry in 2022. Including a thumping 3-0 win away at Mexico earlier in the year, Alonso’s side have lost just one of their previous nine matchups across all formats – a run that stems all the way back to November 2021. With the likes of Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez leading their line in the Middle East, Uruguay are rightfully tipped as a standout pick here.
As for South Korea, although Paulo Bento’s men might have signed off their own pre-tournament run with a pair of 1-0 victories against Iceland and Cameroon, the Reds will know they face a real uphill battle this winter. Despite needing what could be a minor miracle if they’re to find a route out of Group H this year, the one-time Portugal boss has seen his side lose just one of their last nine contests across all competitions. However, if Korea are to spring an upset in the Middle East on Thursday afternoon, there are no doubts that they will be calling on their attacking icon to spearhead their charge. Including bagging the winner as Bento’s side claimed a 1-0 friendly victory against Cameroon back in September, Tottenham star Heung-Min Son has bagged nine goals for club and country so far this season.
Bet: Uruguay 8/11 to beat South Korea in Thursday’s World Cup showdown @ 888sport