Japan - Uruguay Betting Preview: Goals are expected despite the absence of Luis Suarez

The Blue Samurai host Los Charruas at the Sapporo Dome on Friday, with our tipster backing plenty of goals between two sides who have history of producing them
Japan and Uruguay meet for the second time in just over a year in a friendly this week. After a shocking World Cup campaign, picking up just one point, Javier Aguirre’s side will look to bounce back in their home country as they look to restore confidence.

The home side have a fantastic record in friendlies, winning their last five including wins over Costa Rica and Belgium although they are not the favourites in this match. Instead, Paddy Power make them a 7/4 (2.75) chance to pick up another victory.

Uruguay themselves didn’t have a fantastic World Cup, despite progressing from their group which included England. The Luis Suarez bite overshadowed them qualifying, with the Barcelona striker banned for their last 16 match, a game where they were soundly beaten by Colombia to exit the competition.

Despite missing their talisman, Paddy Power price the visitors to the Sapporo Dome as 6/4 (2.50) favourites to win on Friday, with the same firm pricing the draw at 11/5 (3.20).

Both sides enjoy friendly matches, with Uruguay going unbeaten in their last five, beating the likes of France and Japan and as the odds show, there isn't much to choose between the two sides in terms of the match odds, where things are very finely balanced.

When these two sides met in August 2013, goals from Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez gave Uruguay a 4-2 win. Despite this comfortable win, it’s worth avoiding the outright result.

Instead, it’s worth backing over 2.5 goals at even money (2.00) with Paddy Power. This bet landed easily the last time the two sides met, and has paid out in five of Japan’s last six friendlies where they seem to enjoy cutting loose in a match that doesn't directly impact upon a competition. With Uruguay scoring in six of their last seven matches, you can expect goals in Japan.

Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.00) for a 1pts stake with Paddy Power

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