Italy-Uruguay Betting Preview: Expect plenty of goals in an entertaining third-place play-off

The two sides were unfortunate to crash out at the semi-final stage, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to enjoy this fixture's relaxed atmosphere to put on an entertaining spectacle
After respectively falling victim to favourites Brazil and Spain in the semi-finals, Uruguay and Italy come together in Salvador on Sunday for the Confederations Cup third-place play-off.

Oscar Tabarez’s men pushed the hosts close for 85 minutes including a missed first half penalty in their semi-final before crashing out to a late header from Paulinho, but are slight outsiders at 13/8 (2.63) with BetVictor to secure their best ever Confederations Cup performance with a victory.

Meanwhile, the Azzurri were a penalty shootout away from reaching the final, and are available at 29/20 (2.45) to bring home a bronze medal as reward for their efforts.

This fixture has gone into extra-time in each of the last two editions of the tournament, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on this one remaining level after 90 minutes.

Cesare Prandelli has caused spectators to reassess their stereotypes of Italian football, as the coach’s preference for entertaining football is a far cry from Catenaccio.

Prandelli’s men have provided some of the most entertaining spectacles in this year’s tournament, and the 0-0 draw with Spain had more to do with the world champions’ patient, possession-based game than any defensive set-up by Italy, who created plenty of chances, particularly in the first half.

The third-place play-off has traditionally been played under little pressure and enjoyed almost an exhibition atmosphere, making for particularly high-scoring encounters, and this game should be no different.

A bet on over 2.5 goals would have paid out in all of Uruguay’s Confederations Cup matches so far, as well as three of Italy’s four, and looks particularly safe with the shackles off in this clash, at odds of 4/5 (1.80).

This bet is made to look particularly inviting by Le Celeste’s attacking triumvirate of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, all of whom have found the net in this competition.

Having selected all three against Brazil, Tabarez will surely do the same again for this game, and Forlan will be particularly eager to make up for his missed penalty in the semi-final.

The Internacional striker is currently one goal behind Suarez as the nation’s top scorer, and will be desperate to get back on level terms on Sunday, making odds of 9/4 (3.25) well worth backing on him to hit the back of the net.

Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet Victor
Diego Forlan to score anytime at 9/4 (3.25) with BetVictor

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