Chile v Uruguay Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 21, 2019
Maracana - Copa America
The two favourites of Group C in the Copa America, Chile and Uruguay face off on match-day three, with the top spot still to play for. Both sides started the tournament with emphatic 4-0 wins and are showing no signs of slowing down.
Honors have been shared evenly over the last few years, however, the most recent meeting saw Chile come out on top, as a brace from Alexis Sanchez and a strike from Eduardo Vargas outweighed Edinson Cavani's goal.
Chile are unlikely to make many chances to what Reinaldo Rueda appears to have settled on as his strongest XI, although concerns remain over Alexis Sanchez's fitness.
Uruguay's Matteo Vicino has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, meaning that Lucas Torreira is expected to partner Rodrigo Bentancur in central midfield, with Federico Valverde offering a more attacking option.
Chile v Uruaguay Predictions and Previews
Having entered the tournament amongst the favorites, Uruguay have done little so suggest otherwise, putting in a classy attacking and dominant display against Ecuador.
However, they are likely to come up against tougher opposition in Chile, who, despite not boasting the international reputation of La Celeste, are one of few sides to match their ferocity. Rueda's side is driven by their midfield with the trio of Erik Pulgar, Charles Aranguiz and Arturo Vidal equally willing to contribute defensively as to the offensive side of the game. Coming up against Oscar Tabarez's 4-4-2 formation, the numerical and physical advantage may play to Chile's favor.
On the other hand, where Uruguay lack numbers in the middle of the park, they gain up front, with the strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani looking at their deadly best. With a winger either side, feeding them crosses its no wonder that both bagged a goal against Ecuador, with the Barcelona man 11/8 to do so again on Tuesday.
For all the disparity shown in the early stages of the tournament, this game is likely to be far more closely contested, and will show both sides' qualifications if they progress further.
Edinson Cavani to score anytime at 11/8
The PSG forward was on top form against Ecuador and may be playing for a summer transfer out of Paris.
Uruguay to win to nil at 12/5
The match is likely to be closely contested, and for all their glamourous attacks, it may be La Celeste's back line that wins them the game.