Uruguay have the chance to secure their place in next summer’s World Cup when they travel to San Cristobal to take on Venezuela on Thursday.
Currently second in the CONMEBOL table with three points between them and the play-off spot, Oscar Tabarez’s men are available at 8/13 (1.62) with bet365 to record a win that could book their passage to Russia, should other results go their way.
Rock bottom of the group with just one win to their name in nine, La Vinotinto are 9/2 (5.50) outsiders to celebrate a victory in their final qualification match on home soil.
Five of the hosts’ last six fixtures have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them earning a creditable stalemate in this one.
While it might not be enough to mathematically guarantee qualification, victory in this game would effectively seal La Celeste’s fate given their goal difference is at least seven superior to their rivals for the remaining three automatic places.
This is largely due to an impressive attack that has scored more than anyone but Brazil so far, with Edinson Cavani leading South America’s goal-scoring charts with nine to his name, but their goal difference could be even more convincing were it not for a backline that has kept just one clean sheet in the last seven fixtures – conceding 13 times in that run.
Most of their poor defending seems to be reserved for qualification matches away from home, where they have conceded in each of their last seven outings – albeit scoring in six of those themselves.
Having found the net in six of their last eight fixtures and with no pressure on their shoulders, Rafael Dudamel’s team will back themselves to give the home crowd something to cheer about in terms of goals against their vulnerable guests.
All in all, odds of 10/11 (1.91) are not to be missed on both teams getting on the scoresheet for Venezuela’s sixth match in seven and a seventh away qualifier in eight for Uruguay.