Uruguay $34

Inside Sport - - Punter's Chance -

There’s not much joy to be had wa­ger­ing down the board in the World Cup (although we would like to see a prop bet on “coun­tries that start with ‘s’” ... ) But in ac­cor­dance with the logic of look­ing to pre­vi­ous win­ners, go with Uruguay.

Once wri”en off for hav­ing won their World Cups back in an­tiq­uity (1930, 1950), the Uruguayans have had a great decade, save the odd atroc­ity from Luis Suarez. He’s still there, and with fel­low striker Edin­son Ca­vani and de­fen­sive stal­wart Diego Godin, there’s plenty of star power. But to reach the last four, like they did in 2010, Os­car Tabarez’s team will need a break­out show­ing from promis­ing mid­field­ers Fran­cisco Valverde and Ro­drigo Ben­tan­cur. Drawn favourably in Group A, La Ce­leste could sur­prise again (its top-three price of $10 is en­tic­ing), if the whole South Amer­i­can-team-in-Europe thing doesn’t tilt the odds against them.

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