Carabao Cup Semi-Final Preview
Day 2 of the World Cup gives us another chance to win #TheMillionPoundBet and the £5,000 that’s on offer each Matchday – and of the Friday fixtures, I’ve got my eye on a #PriceItUp market for Egypt v Uruguay.
This is the first Matchday with multiple games – and I can’t wait to see Mohamed Salah’s Egypt taking on Luis Suarez’s Uruguay in the other match of Group A.
Uruguay qualified in second place behind Brazil in the South America trials, playing their archetypal gritty football that has seen them previously reach the semi finals of the 2010 World Cup.
Given the sheer quality they have in their squad, with the likes of: Edinson Cavani, Diego Godin, Lucas Torreira, Maximiliano Gomez and Suarez, it is no surprise to see Oscar Tabarez’s men priced at a favourable 11/20 to win their opening match.
While one would expect Suarez to take over the goalscoring duties, it is in fact Cavani who scored more goals between the pair in World Cup qualifying rounds with seven to his name. The Barcelona forward is more of the assist maker, whereas Cavani cannot stop finding the back of the net for his country.
It is why I think seeing Cavani’s name on the scoresheet is going to be a regular occurrence throughout the tournament and especially in this match.
Uruguay are also likely to score over 2.5 goals with the amount of attacking talent they have on the pitch – something they have done in nine of their last 11 official matches. Tabarez has the Sky Blues playing as a collective team working towards one goal, rather than being totally dependent on one player as Egypt will be with Salah.
In Uruguay’s most recent three games leading into this tournament, they haven’t conceded a single goal. With the expertise of Atlético Madrid pairing Gimenez and Godin at the heart of their defence, accompanied by Martin Caceres and Maxi Pereira at full back, Uruguay are a well-structured unit that keeps a lid on their opponent’s efforts at goal.
Even if Egypt do have the wonderful Salah back fit and firing, my thoughts are firmly with Uruguay keeping a clean sheet, and so I am going with only one team to score during the 90 minutes.
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has witnessed his players stepping over the line of legality – they have been on the receiving end of seven yellow cards in their last four games – a common theme throughout Egypt’s qualifying campaign. With Uruguay dominating proceedings, I can imagine the North African team losing their composure and start to commit reckless fouls, accumulating over 2.5 cards.
In four of Uruguay’s last five matches, the Sky Blues have recorded more than 5.5 corners per game. A similar pattern of play is likely to emerge with Uruguay having the majority of possession.
The #PriceItUp Builder market comes in at 41/1 – I feel you’d have a fairly good chance of winning today’s £5,000 giveaway.