Uruguay's World Cup 2022 Standings
Uruguay complete Group A, which also includes Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday.
Uruguay's Odds To Win The World Cup
Sports Interaction is offering odds of -333 to qualify from Group A, which is extremely good value considering we think they will top the group (+105 is the price for them to do that).
La Celeste is expected to progress to the Round of 16 given that they are the top-ranked side in Group A and will be facing teams with nowhere near the amount of talent that they have at their disposal. The difficulty they will face is when they reach the second round, as they will face a team from Group B - almost certainly Spain or Portugal. While this will be one of the best matches of the tournament, we're not sure the South Americans will come out on top.
We have also predicted that Uruguay will fail to reach the quarter-finals due to their potential opponents in the second round. Sports Interaction is also offering +150 for Uruguay to be eliminated in the Round of 16 - this is not a bad option.
Mind you, anything can happen once a team gets to the knockout stage, especially if the match goes to penalties. There is a stack of lines on offer for Uruguay at the World Cup, and we will keep you updated with all the best options as the tournament approaches.
Uruguay's Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don't have to be finalized until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first, let's take a look at some of the most important players in the Uruguayan team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
Luis Suarez (Forward)
There are few players in world football that genuinely cause defenders nightmares, but that's exactly what Luis Suarez does. Forget the fact that he might take a bite out of you, Suarez's pace, lethal shooting accuracy, dribbling ability and ruthless defending from the front makes him so important for Uruguay. His tendency to draw two defenders towards him opens space for others, and with no shortage of talent in the attacking third he helps his side create plenty of opportunities.
Suarez has already topped the all-time goal-scoring charts for Uruguay, with 49 goals from 95 matches, and his form for Barcelona suggests he's not even close to slowing down. In 110 appearances for the Spanish club, he has hit the back of the net 94 times.
Edinson Cavani (Forward)
Sitting just nine goals behind Suarez is the second-most prolific scorer for Uruguay, Paris Saint-Germain's very own Edinson Cavani, and if his form in the qualifiers is anything to go by, he could well overtake his teammate by the time the 2018 World Cup is complete. Cavani scored ten goals during qualification, three more than his nearest rivals (not sure if you've heard of Lionel Messi, Gabriel Jesus and Alexis Sanchez) and five more than partner-in-crime Suarez.
There are few better out and out strikers in world football, and only the best make it on to the team sheet in Paris. He will be one of the early favourites for the golden boot, although a lot will depend on their ability to go deep in the tournament.
Diego Godin (Defender)
Godin has been the cornerstone in the Uruguay defence for over a decade now and has 114 caps for his country. The national captain has also made 225 appearances for Atletico Madrid and has a number of records and accolades for his performances at both domestic and European level. He could well be playing in his last World Cup, and his experience will be crucial to the chances of his team.
The Coach - Oscar Tabarez
Oscar Tabarez's managerial career has spanned four decades and featured stints with clubs in Italy, Spain, Argentina and his home of Uruguay. He previously led Uruguay between 1988 and 1990, and in 2006 returned to the helm after the national side failed to overcome Australia in their attempt to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.
In over ten years in charge, Tabarez has overseen 149 matches. His win percentage sits at just under 50% - 71W, 39D, 39L. His best performance in the World Cup is fourth-place at the 2010 tournament, while he also led Uruguay to the 2011 Copa America.
Uruguay's World Cup 2022 Lineup
Uruguay's latest international was a friendly match against Austria on November 14th, 2017. The full lineup was as follows.
Starting Lineup (4-1-4-1)
Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama) - Gaston Silva (Independiente), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Maxi Pereira (Porto) - Matias Vecino (Inter Milan) - Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Rodrigo Betancur (Juventus), Federico Valverde (Deportivo La Coruna), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Pachuca) - Edinson Cavani (PSG).
Reserves: Carlos Andres Sanchez, Christian Rodriguez, Nahitan Nandez, Gaston Pereiro, Cristhian Stuani, Martin Campana, Nicolas Lodeiro, Maximiliano Gomez Gonzalez, Mauricio Lemos, Alvaro Rafael Gonzalez, Guillermo Varela.
Uruguay's FIFA World Cup History
Uruguay is one of just eight nations to have raised the World Cup trophy, doing so as hosts in the inaugural tournament in 1930, and repeating the feat at the 1950 edition in Brazil. While they were always favoured to win the first competition, they defied the odds by beating a strong Brazilian team playing at home in the fourth ever World Cup tournament.
Uruguay has more often than not performed well when they have made it to the final tournament, and have finished in fourth place on three occasions - 1954, 1970 and in South Africa in 2010. A tendency to produce players with incredible talent and skill has enabled their success.
Yet the South Americans have found it much more difficult to qualify for the event in recent times, thanks mainly to the strength of the opposition in the CONMEBOL confederation. Uruguay missed 1978, 1982, 1994, 1998 and 2006 tournaments, and required inter-continental playoff matches to secure qualification in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
The 2018 campaign, however, has been much more straight forward. Uruguay finished in second place at the end of the South American qualifiers, and with the prospect of facing a relatively tame group, they should comfortably reach the second round in Russia.