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Oscar Tabarez's men were unconvincing in their Group A opener and that will give Senegal encouragement for Sunday's clash. Adam Bate is anticipating action at both ends

Uruguay produced a miserable first-half performance against the UAE in their Group A opener. They were thoroughly outplayed by their unfancied opponents. Right up until they won the game 2-1.

That’s an indication of the quality in Oscar Tabarez’s side – emphasised by Gaston Ramirez’s stunning free-kick and the fact that the coach could introduce a talent like Nicolas Lodeiro from the bench.

Uruguay are 4/5 (1.8) with Bet365 to build on those three points and add three more against Senegal to guarantee their place in the quarter-finals.

Senegal will certainly pose a different type of threat to the UAE. While the Emirati team focused on slick pass-and-move football, the African outfit produced a more brutal brand of the game against Team GB.

A series of crunching challenges – some of which went unpunished – highlighted the physicality of this Senegal side and they also have the pace to be a real threat on the counter-attack.

Their confidence will surely be buoyed after coming back to get a point against the hosts and they can be backed to pick up a win here at 7/2 (4.5). The draw is available at 5/2 (3.5) with Bet365.

In the goalscorer markets, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez will be hoping for better service than they received on Thursday but are understandable joint-favourites to net the opener at 9/2 (5.5).

Lodeiro is another Uruguayan worthy of consideration as he must be pushing for a starting place after his game-changing role as a substitute against the UAE. He’s 10/1 (11.0) to score first.

But there is also the Senegal goal threat to consider. Moussa Konate scored a brilliant equaliser against Team GB and he’s an industry-best price of 11/1 (12.0) with Bet365 to score first here.

That’s the value bet in this one given Uruguay’s particularly sluggish start in their group opener.

But the pick of the bets in this one is to back both teams to score. They both scored and conceded in their first games and it would be little surprise if that is repeated here. Back both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365.

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Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365
Moussa Konate to score first at 11/1 (12.0) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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