The visitors can book their tickets to Brazil should they avoid defeat in Montevideo and Al Hain-Cole expects them to have some joy against a makeshift home defence
Jose Pekerman’s side need only to avoid defeat in Montevideo to make sure of their top four finish, although you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) with William Hill on them coming away with all three points for the first time since 1973.
Currently fifth in the table with just three games left to play, La Celeste will be hoping for a win to pull themselves into the automatic qualification places, and are favourites at 23/20 (2.15) to come out on top.
Oscar Tabarez’s men have drawn their last two successive qualifiers on home turf, and there are odds of 11/5 (3.20) available on them coming away frustrated once again in this game.
With a strikeforce of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan to choose from, it is perhaps surprising to see the hosts struggling to book their place in Brazil next summer, but their attacking excellence is frequently undone by some below par defending.
Despite hitting the back of the net more frequently than all but the top three in South America, Tabarez’s men currently find themselves with a negative goal difference, and have only kept two clean sheets in 13 fixtures.
This record hardly inspires confidence when faced with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez, and life will be made even the more difficult without suspended centre-back pair Diego Godin and Diego Lugano, not to mention the injured Martin Caceres.
With 10 goals in his last 13 international appearances, Suarez alone is almost enough reason to expect the hosts to find the net this evening, while their leaky backline means odds of 19/20 (1.95) simply cannot be ignored on both sides getting on the scoresheet.
|Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 19/20 (1.95) with William Hill
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