Saturday, June 26, 2010


Now the real competition starts ! It has been very hard not to be impressed by the performances of the South American sides so far, they have lost between them just one of 15 starts, winning ten and the only game they have trailed in at any time was the Chile -Spain match up yesterday, when the european side took the lead, infact scored twice, very much against the run of play. Almost all the the players from that region have looked fresher than their european counterparts and the same is also true of the North American'swith the Mexican and US players having played a fairly limited number of games this season,actually, no US outfield player has made more than 30 starts this season and it shows.

Aside from Argentina, no team from SA has impressed as much as Uruguay, they look defensive as tight as a drum and upfront Suarez and Forlan will trouble even the best defences, as a group they look to be playing within themselves and it is hard to get away from the notion that they are still able to step up a level if required. Today they face South Korea, who have already done us a massive favour here, but we saw their defensive frailities against both Argentina and Nigeria, when they conceded six times and the number could/should have been greater. We know that they will never give up and that Uruguay will be made to work harder than they have done so far, but even in the Mexico game where they did not have to win, they still created a lot of clear chances and were immense at the back. The Mexicans were very impressed and almost every one of the losing team commented post match about how solid the Uruguay backline was and they stopped their opponents creating anything at all out wide. SK play a similar style to Mexico and if anything are a little weaker overall, so it is difficult to see anything bar a comfortable win number 11 for Conmebol teams here as there is no way the asian side can keep Uruguay at bay for 90 minutes.

Uruguay -0.5 1.98 IBC.

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