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Uruguay Mexico Betting – Uruguay Send Young Mexicans Home With A Loss

Posted by Todd Shale on 7/1/2011 6:57:08 PM
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Sports betting odds are going to favor Uruguay in their Group C finale against Mexico, who were hit with a number of suspensions to what was already an extremely young team. The Mexicans are going to put up a fight, but a lack of experience will put them behind the eight-ball against the Uruguayans.

  • What: Soccer Betting
  • When: Tuesday, July 12th, 8:45 PM ET
  • Where: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina
  • Pick: Uruguay

Why Bet On Uruguay

The Charruas may be in a position to win their group, or if they’ve won the first two matches already, so they may be resting some players. They have an embarrassment of riches up front in World Cup hero Diego Forlan, Sebastian Abreu, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, combining a wealth of experience with skill and youth. Captain Diego Lugano is the leader of a back line that has been together for a while, although they do have breakdowns because of their attacking style, so players like Diego Godin and Maxi Pereira have to be a bit more diligent in protecting goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, who was excellent at the World Cup.

Uruguay’s weak link may be their midfield, as Diego Perez is often left to try and shield the back four by himself as everyone pours forward. It makes the Uruguayans a fun team to watch, but Germany showed they could be breached in the third-place game at the World Cup, which ended in a 3-2 loss for Uruguay. Manager Oscar Tabarez may have to find a way to add some protection for his defense, although they may not need it in this game.

Why Bet On Mexico

The Mexicans could be out of this by now, and their soccer betting odds were always going to be in trouble when they left most of their Gold Cup-winning squad at home, bringing a team of youngsters to Argentina, and then the situation was made worse as eight players were suspended for a prostitution scandal that happened after a 1-0 win over Ecuador in a friendly. This piles even more pressure on striker Giovani dos Santos, who is the most experienced player that coach Jose Manuel de la Torre could turn to. Only one other player has more than 10 caps for El Tri, and that will be defender Paul Aguilar, who has 16 apperances for the national team while dos Santos has 45. This will be an excellent learning experience for the players that did manage to stay out of trouble and make the trip to Argentina.

However, Mexico is extremely young, to the point of it being a problem. They don’t have anyone in the midfield older than 22, and even dos Santos is only 22 years old. The midfield has seven caps between six players, and they could get overrun by more experienced teams. It was always going to be a struggle for the Mexicans with a team that is basically their under-22 squad, but this scandal has killed their chances to even get out of this group.

How It Will Play Out

Look for soccer betting odds to favor Uruguay in this Group C finale, and they’ve split their last two meetings with the Mexicans, falling 3-1 in 2007, but then Uruguay got their revenge with a 1-0 win in the final group-stage game in South Africa. Suarez scored in the 43rd minute to give Uruguay all they needed, and of course they went on to finish fourth while Mexico were knocked out in the round of 16.

Even a second-string side should get the nod for Uruguay, who will hope that they’ll be able to put out their “B” team and rest their starters for the knockout stages of the Copa America. The Mexicans aren’t exactly going to roll over for Uruguay, but they’re just too young to compete with the top teams, and Uruguay is definitely a top team, just under hosts Argentina and defending champions Brazil. It’ll be a great learning experience for all of the Mexicans involved in the group stages of the Copa America, but take Uruguay to win in your online betting book.

Uruguay Mexico Betting Pick: Uruguay

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