Uruguay v Ecuador Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 12, 2019
Mineirao - Copa America
Uruguay get their Copa America campaign underway as they face an out-of-form Ecuador side on Sunday afternoon in Belo Horizonte. Le Celeste are amongst the favourites for the tournament whilst Hernan Gomez's side are without a win in eight games.
Uruguay beat Ecuador when the sides last met in World Cup qualifiers thanks to goals from Sebastian Coates and Diego Rolan scoring either side of a Felipe Caicedo striker. However, the previous encounter saw La Tricolor take the win though the same score-line.
Oscar Tabarez is likely to field his strongest line-up on Sunday, with the Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez duo likely to start up front, and a midfield trio of Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur and Mattias Vecino all pushing for a game.
Captain Enner Valencia is a guarantee to lead the line, with Manchester United's Antonio Valencia potentially starting on the bench.
Uruguay v Ecuador Predictions and Previews
After impressing in the World Cup, Uruguay will be looking for silverware in this summer's Copa Espana. Whilst the likes of Brazil and Argentina stand in their way, first, Tabarez's side must get out of a group containing Chile, Japan, and Sunday's opponents, Ecuador.
Hernan Gomez's side struggled and finished second bottom in their attempts to qualify for last summer's World Cup, and this year's international friendlies have gone little better. Three consecutive games without a win have shown the side's struggles to score, with their only goals coming from set pieces in a recent 3-2 loss to Mexico.
Against Le Celeste, who have the most physically powerful side in the tournament, free-kicks and corners are unlikely to be as fruitful, and their defence is likely to be even more exposed. In Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Uruguay have amongst the most potent front lines in world football, and both players are approaching their final opportunities to win silverware with their country.
Both at 1//8 to score on Sunday, the duo are unstoppable when on form, yet, when one is injured, as against Portugal, the opposition is able to mark the other out of the game. With the team set up to provide the defensive platform, the unit looks out of place when the front line is not firing on all cylinders, although Cristian Stuani has of late proved more than a capable back up striker.
All in all, Uruguay should have no problems in their opening game, outclassing their opposition on all areas of the pitch. However, the side has struggled under pressure before, and being overwhelming favourites to win the group will do them no favours.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 6/4
Uruguay have been prolific in recent friendlies, scoring over three in their last three games.
Federico Valverde to score anytime at 11/2
The intriguing Real Madrid prospect is tipped to have a break-out campaign this summer.