Nov 11, 2022
Nov 11, 2022

World Cup 2022: Uruguay preview

Everything you need to know about Uruguay

Who are the key players in Uruguay’s squad?

What tactics will Uruguay use at World Cup 2022?

Uruguay stats and odds

World Cup 2022: Uruguay preview

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World Cup 2022: Uruguay preview

The first-ever World Cup winners in 1930, Uruguay are playing in their fourth consecutive World Cup and they have managed to qualify for the knockout stage in the last three.

Diego Alonso’s men, who finished third in CONMEBOL qualifying, have been drawn in Group H in Qatar, alongside Portugal, Ghana, and South Korea.

Read on to inform your predictions for Uruguay at World Cup 2022.

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World Cup 2022: Uruguay key stats

Manager: Diego Alonso

Key player: Federico Valverde

FIFA World Ranking (at time of writing): 14th

Recent performances: World Cup 2018 - Quarter-finals, World Cup 2014 – Round of 16

Odds to win Group H: 2.900 (+190)*

Odds to win World Cup 2022: 50.890 (+4989)*

World Cup 2022: Uruguay schedule

All times listed are CET (Central European Time).

November 24, 14:00: Uruguay vs. South Korea

November 28, 20:00: Portugal vs. Uruguay

December 2, 16:00: Ghana vs. Uruguay

World Cup 2022: How will Uruguay fare in Group H?

In what is arguably the most open group at the World Cup, Uruguay will feel they have every chance of finishing in the top two.

The FIFA world rankings suggest they are the second-best team in the group, behind Portugal, and one defeat in nine games in the lead-up to the tournament suggests they will go into the tournament full of confidence.

Their head-to-head record against their group opponents also make good reading for Uruguay fans - with a 1-1-1 record against Portugal, six wins in eight games against South Korea, and a penalties win over Ghana in their only previous meeting.

World Cup 2022: An analysis of Uruguay’s squad

Uruguay have a fascinating mix of youth and experience in their squad, with a number of their stars playing club football in some of the biggest leagues in the world.

Luis Suárez brings lots of experience

The standout Uruguayan at present is midfielder Federico Valverde, who is making a name for himself at Real Madrid. The 24-year-old is now a first-team regular with the Spanish giants, who won the Champions League last season.

Valverde is likely to be partnered in midfield by Tottenham’s Rodrigo Bentancur, while the experienced Martín Cáceres remains a key defensive figure at the age of 35.

Former Ajax and Barcelona striker Luis Suárez is preparing to feature in his fourth World Cup, while Liverpool’s Darwin Núñez is likely to be his partner up front.

World Cup 2022: What tactics will Uruguay use?

Coach Alonso has switched between a 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 formation in recent times and those systems may alternate depending on which opponent they face.

Uruguay have always been based on a solid defensive foundation and they kept eight clean sheets in their 18 qualifying matches.

World Cup 2022: Is there value in Uruguay’s odds?

The South American nation are 1.476 (-210)* to qualify from Group H, which looks like good value for a team with their World Cup pedigree.

Finishing top of the group could be crucial for their hopes of making the quarter-finals and potentially beyond, with the Group H runners-up expected to face Brazil in the round of 16.

The crucial clash could be their meeting with Portugal on November 28, with Uruguay a tempting 3.500 (+250)* to win that game.

Don't forget to read our previews for all 32 teams at World Cup 2022 where you can find in-depth analysis of each team competing in Qatar.

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