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Los Charruas kick off their campaign in Fortaleza against Jorge Luis Pinto's men, knowing they must start strongly in their group, with our tipster backing a tight match

If Uruguay want to have any realistic hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the World Cup, from a tough Group D alongside Italy and England, then a win is a must against Costa Rica this weekend.

Luis Suarez has been fighting a battle against time to be fit for this match after undergoing minor surgery a few weeks ago. After failing to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, Costa Rica will be delighted to be back on the world stage in Brazil but they have to defy hefty odds of 10/1 (11.0) to qualify from Group D.

La Sele come into this match looking to stop a four game losing streak in World Cup finals, having struggled in Germany in 2006.

With only one victory in six friendly matches in the lead up to the finals, Jorge Luis Pinto's men will be desperately lacking confidence after losing to Australia, Korea Republic and Japan. William Hill price them at 15/2 (8.50) to get off to a flying start.

Uruguay struggled through South American qualification to reach this stage of the World Cup after finishing in the play-off position in their group.

With a favourable draw against Jordan for a place in Brazil, Oscar Tabarez's side cruised past them after winning the first leg 5-0.

Unbeaten in their last six matches, Uruguay have won their last two friendlies, beating Northern Ireland and Slovenia. A win is a must this weekend for Tabarez's side, and William Hill price them at 4/9 (1.44) to achieve it, with the same firm pricing the draw at 3/1 (4.00).

Goals could be tough to come by in this fixture, despite a strong attacking line-up on show for Uruguay. The under 2.5 goals bet has landed in Los Charruas' last four matches, and with Costa Rica scoring only four goals in six matches, don't expect goals this Saturday.

However, with the price of 8/13 (1.62), it's a little skinny to back, which is the same story for the both teams to score bet 'NO' at 1/2 (1.50).

Usually backing Luis Suarez to score anytime at 10/11 (1.91) would be worth investing in, but with his fitness in doubt, it would be tough to back him at that price when he may not last the full 90 minutes even if he is involved from the outset.

Instead, it's worth siding with Uruguay to win and under 2.5 goals at 17/10 (2.70) with William Hill. This bet would have landed in Tabarez's side's last two fixtures, and with their frontline not firing on all cylinders, you can expect them to have enough to net once or twice, but don't expect a rout in Fortaleza this weekend.

Uruguay to win and under 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 17/10 (2.70) with William Hill

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