Without their suspended star man for tonight's last 16 clash against Colombia, Al Hain-Cole thinks La Celeste will be relying on Edinson Cavani to continue his strong form up front
With star man Luis Suarez sent home in disgrace after his notorious bite against Italy, Uruguay will need to look elsewhere for inspiration when they take on Colombia in their last 16 clash.
|Uruguay Goalscorer Special|
|Odds from bet365
|Cavani to score anytime||13/5|
|Forlan to score anytime||7/2|
|Stuani to score anytime||15/4|
|Rodriguez to score anytime||6/1|
|Cavni to score first||7/1|
|Godin to score anytime||14/1|
Their abject performance in the 3-1 opening defeat against Costa Rica in the captain's absence underlined just how much La Celeste will miss him tonight, when fellow striker Edinson Cavani will have to step up in attack.
Having scored the opener from the penalty spot against the North Americans, Cavani is his side's 7/1 (8.00) favourite with bet365 to open the scoring tonight, and on offer at 13/5 (3.60) to strike anytime.
With eight goals to his name in the last 13 internationals, those 13/5 (3.60) anytime odds seem extremely generous on the PSG man as he returns to a more central role, and are certainly not to be missed.
Likely to replace Suarez alongside Cavani up front, Diego Forlan holds less appeal at 9/1 (10.00) to break the deadlock or 7/2 (4.50) to merely find the net, having not scored for his country in almost a year.
Instead, super-sub Cristhian Stuani is well worth considering at 15/4 (4.75) to grab a fourth goal in nine internationals, having flourished from the bench in recent friendlies while Suarez was sidelined with injury.
Indeed, Stuani was on the scoresheet along with Cavani in his country’s 2-0 qualification victory over Colombia, so knows what it takes to get the better of the opposition defence.
In a team that relies heavily on the frontmen to find the net, Oscar Tabarez is unlikely to expect too much from his midfielders in front of goal, although Cristian Rodriguez is probably the most convincing at 6/1 (7.00) after hitting a couple of important goals in qualification.
Otherwise, it may take another set-piece effort to unlock an impressive Colombian backline, and Diego Godin 14/1 (15.00) is certainly capable after hitting high profile goals in both last season's Champions League final and the crucial group stage victory over Italy last time out.
|Cavani to score anytime for a 1.5pt stake at 13/5 (3.60) with bet365
||Stuani to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 15/4 (4.75) with bet365
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