Superstar forward Luis Suarez will make his return to international football on Saturday, March 26th. But he and his Uruguay teammates face an uphill battle to beat heavily favored Brazil when they square off in Recife in their World Cup qualifier. Suarez has not played a competitive game for Uruguay since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after he was found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. The 29-year-old was handed a nine-match international suspension, as well as a four-month ban from any football-related activity for his Mike Tyson impression. Now, let’s check the soccer betting odds and find out who’s going to win what is expected to be the most interesting pairing of Day 5 in the South America World Cup qualifiers.
Brazil vs Uruguay FIFA Worldcup Qualifiers Odds
Kick-off: Saturday, 26 March
Venue: Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife, Pernambuco)
Live Stream: UStream
Odds: Brazil -160
Money Line: Uruguay +485
Game Total: 2.5
- Brazil vs. Uruguay 2-1 (2013 Confederations Cup)
- Uruguay vs. Brazil 0-4 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
- Brazil vs. Uruguay 2-1 (2010 World Cup qualifiers)
- Uruguay vs. Brazil 2-2 (2007 Copa America)
- Uruguay vs. Brazil 1-1 (2006 World Cup qualifiers)
- Brazil scored exactly three goals in each of their last two home fixtures
- The Selecao are after their fifth consecutive win over Uruguay
- Uruguay recorded their last win at Brazil on 23 August, 1983
- La Celeste have already kept three clean sheets in the WC qualifiers
- Luis Suarez has netted 40 goals for the Uruguay national team
Why Betting on Brazil
After an opening day loss against Chile in the South American qualifiers the Brazilians are unbeaten in their last three matches and picked up a commanding 3-0 win against Peru in their last match. Now, Brazil will look to use their home field advantage against Uruguay on Saturday in front of what promises to be a hostile crowd. Neymar is scoring goals at a high rate this season and he’ll get help from Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto.
Brazil goalkeeper Alisson says he and his defensive compatriots are looking forward to the challenge.
“For a goalkeeper, it is always important to have a big challenge ahead,” the 23-year-old said. “In quieter games, you just hope to get on the ball more, to be able to show your work. “But Suarez is a great player, and we have a big task ahead of us. It will be a great challenge for me and my defensive teammates.”
Why Betting on Uruguay
After beating Chile 3-0 in their last qualifier, Uruguay sits in second place in their Group and have won three of their last four matches overall with their only loss being a 2-1 defeat against Ecuador. While Luis Suarez returns from suspension, Maxi Pereira is banned. Guillermo Varela could make his debut while Diego Godin is sidelined with injury. Matias Vecino is a game-time decision and Martin Caceres is injured as well.
Manager Oscar Tabarez called up Nacional defender Mauricio Victorino for the first time since 2012 to reinforce the defense, hoping the 33-year-old can help stop Brazil by frustrating their fans.
“I hope that will be an open match,” Tabarez said. “Our characteristics allow us to stay solid as we always do. “As the time goes by, the Brazilian fans tend to get desperate if they see that their team is not generating good plays, so they may pass on this onto their players, and we have to take the most of this and the most of the spaces.”
Expert Prediction and Pick
Uruguay has dominated three of their first four opponents so far, but Brazil’s Neymar has been phenomenal this season. If Godin was fit it would make a huge difference for Uruguay, but since he isn’t I like Brazil 2-1 in a tight affair.
The Pick: Brazil 2-1