Uruguay will start their bid to reach the knockout stages against South Korea in Group H at the Qatar 2022 World Cup on November 24.
Uruguay seems to consistently be overshadowed by South American counterparts Brazil and Argentina – finishing third behind the pair but are favourites here to beat South Korea in their opener.
We are backing Uruguay to win the first and second half at +185 as our opening prediction of their first group game. Check here for the full rundown on the World Cup betting odds, the two teams’ head-to-head record and where and what time the match is on locally.
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Uruguay last won the World Cup 72 years ago and few would expect them to add a third accolade to their 1930 and 1970 exploits in Qatar.
La Celeste beat South Korea 2-1 on their way to the semi-finals in 2o10, reached the round of 16 at the 2014 Brazil World Cup and fell short against eventual winners France four years ago in the quarter-finals.
Uruguay failed to take a point off either Brazil or Argentina but ended their campaign with four straight wins sealing an automatic spot on the plane to Qatar.
Since then the former World Cup winners have slotted 5 goals past Panama, 3 against Mexico and certainly have a trio of lethal goal scorers up front, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez.
A 1-o loss against Iran was a slight bump in the road but the South American outfit got back to winning ways by putting World Cup newcomers Canada to the sword 2-0 in a friendly last September.
Uruguay’s firing line will be venomous in Qatar and we can see goals in this opener – we are backing Uruguay to be the only team to score and over 2.5 goals at +750.
South Korea had only appeared at the World Cup finals once before 1986 but now have cemented their names in 10 successive tournaments.
Only twice had the South Koreans punched their ticket out of the group stages, and one of those times was when they sent reverberations around the globe in 2002 – making it to the semi-finals against Germany as the host nation.
They finished runners-up in their group behind Iran and are mostly made up of players who hone their craft in South Korea bar Tottenham superstar Son Heung-min.
Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-jo is sure to have a leading role in the World Cup script and scored in a friendly against Brazil in June, although that ended in a 5-1 thrashing.
Son Heung-min shared the Premier League Golden boot with Egypt’s main man Mohammad Salah last season and will be hungry to find the back of the net in Group H.
South Korea have ironed out any rust before Qatar – with a 2-2 draw against fellow World Cup contenders Costa Rica and a goal from star man Son Heung-min which resulted in a win against Cameroon last September.
Unfortunately, Uruguay possesses more quality and has the manpower to overwhelm South Korea. That being said, The Taegeuk Warriors are a David and Goliath story and have overcome bigger obstacles in their past. If you’re feeling bold, you can get a 2-2 draw at +2200.
Uruguay vs. South Korea Head-To-Head
The two World Cup outfits have played each other 8 times in the past – with Uruguay winning 6 of the matches while South Korea has only emerged as the winner in 1 in their most recent friendly in 2018. Their first meeting in 1982 resulted in a 2-2 draw.
Uruguay vs. South Korea Match Information
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Education City Stadium
Uruguay vs. South Korea Time By State
ET: 8:00 AM
CT: 7:00 AM
MT: 6:00 AM
PT: 5:00 AM
Uruguay vs. South Korea Predictions
BETUS in the US has made their predictions for this match. Uruguay is clearly the better side, with a plethora of talent and Luis Suarez as the catalyst for their squad. Uruguay is the favorite at -120 in the World Cup 2022 odds, while South Korea arrive as the underdogs at +370 to win the game.
We predict a solid 2-0 win for the favorites at +700. If you’re in a regulated state that legalizes sports betting, BETUS offers a whopping 125% sign-up bonus here if you fancy ramping up the excitement.
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