Phil Kitromilides believes that Uruguay have more than enough quality to end Iraq's fairytale campaign at the Under 20 World CupIraq's astonishing run to the semi finals has been the story of this competition so far, with the youngsters of the war-torn nation playing with exceptional character and belief.
Yet while they may be the only unbeaten side left in the competition, the Iraqis remain outsiders against Uruguay with William Hill offering a win for the Middle Eastern nation at 11/4 (3.75).
Uruguay meanwhile enjoyed something of a fairytale of their own, as the tiny South American nation overcame Spain in the previous round with a performance characterised in equal parts by ruthless determination and diligent organisation.
They are offered at 8/11 (1.72) and that is without doubt big enough for punters to invest in.
Uruguay have shown throughout the tournament that they are getting better and better.
Though they needed extra time to overcome Spain, they looked comfortable against La Rojita, and only afforded them a limited number of clear cut chances.
Furthermore Uruguay possess some genuinely talented players with Roma striker Nico Lopez leading the line, ably assisted by Giorgian de Arraescaeta in the number 10 role.
Iraq meantime rely more on the work of a collective unit rather than any stand out individuals and have needed extra time in both of their knockout matches to progress.
As the full side did against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup, Uruguay will have no problem in playing the role of dream spoiler and given their greater collective quality, the price of 8/11 (1.72) for them to win in 90 minutes is well worth taking.
To this end, those looking for some higher odds may well be interested in the price of 7/4 (2.75) for Uruguay half time/full time which seems well worthy of some consideration.
|Uruguay to win in 90 minutes at 8/11 (1.72) with William Hill
||Uruguay half time/full time at 7/4 (2.75) with William Hill
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid