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In selecting Suarez and Cavani, Oscar Tabarez has left little doubt that his side are going for gold this summer. Al Hain-Cole thinks they will lay down the gauntlet with a big win

No nation will be taking the football more seriously at the London Olympics than Uruguay, who have qualified for the first time since they won gold for the second successive games in 1928.

The fact that Oscar Tabarez has included star strikers Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez in his squad demonstrates just how determined La Celeste are to make it a hat-trick this summer, and this spells bad news for their opponents UAE.

Which such an array of talent on display, it is no surprise to see Fifa's third-ranked team as heavy 7/25 (1.285) favourites with Panbet to get off to a good start and win their opening game.

The United Arab Emirates were unbeaten in qualifying for their first ever Olympics, but are significant outsiders to overcome the much-fancied South Americans in this game, at odds of 15/1 (16.00).

UAE FA President Yousuf Al Sarka has rather optimistically set his nation the target of a draw against Uruguay, and he could back this taking place at 22/5 (5.40).

As you would expect from a side boasting some of Europe's most exciting attackers, Uruguay have been scoring goals for fun in the build up to this competition.

While Suarez and Cavani have helped themselves to eight goals between them in three friendly matches, their impressive supporting cast of Abel Hernandez and Gaston Ramirez have also got in on the act.

There is no reason to suspect that this hot streak in front of goal won't continue into the tournament, and the 26 goals in the UAE's last seven friendlies suggest that 9/10 (1.90) provides unmissable value for over 2.5 goals being scored in this game.  

It should be a long afternoon for Mahdi Ali's men, and if Uruguay manage to break the deadlock early on then you can certainly see them running away with it.

The more you look at the firepower at Tabarez's disposal, the better the odds of 41/20 (3.05) start to look for Uruguay to overcome a 2.5 goal handicap and win.

 
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Over 2.5 goals at 9/10 (1.90) with Panbet
Uruguay -2.5 at 41/20 (3.05) with Panbet

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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