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World Cup 2014 betting: odds on Uruguay to win Group D, predictions

Uruguay, led by Luis Suarez, ranks in the Top 10 in World Cup 2014 and they are a close second in odds to win Group D with Italy.

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Uruguay has a great attacking squad that won the World Cup the last time it was held in Brazil back in 1950.

They have the second best betting odds to win their tough group and overall they have the eighth best odds to win the tournament.

They were a surprise semifinalist in the 2010 World Cup and they have high hopes this summer playing on their home continent. They are playing Group D this summer along with Italy, England, and Costa Rica.

Uruguay Odds to win World Cup 2014: +2800
Uruguay Odds to win Group D: +175

Uruguay has a solid offense and that will have to offset their midfield and defense, which are not great. Their close range defense in the blocks is a big issue with many of the goals conceded in the qualifying process coming from that area.

The squad has not been impressive in World Cup tune-ups with a loss facing Ecuador and while they did beat Argentina they have played to a draws in their last two friendly matches facing two teams not playing this summer in Jordan and Austria.

World Cup Prediction for Uruguay

While Uruguay has the second best odds to win their Group they will not advance to the round of 16. They will have no problems beating a Costa Rica team, which has the worst overall to win the World Cup, but they will facing Italy and England.

The draw was not a good one for Uruguay since England and Italy are very strong in the midfield. The South American will lose both of those matches and that will keep them from getting out of the group stage.

How Uruguay got to the World Cup

Uruguay did not have an easy qualifying process, to say the least, as they finished fifth and that was with Brazil not even playing. To qualify for the World Cup they had to play an intercontinental playoff tie with Jordan, which they easy won 5-0 on aggregate.

Uruguay began qualifying in terrible fashion losing three and playing to two draws in their first five matches before regrouping and winning four of their last five matches. Overall, they had a qualifying record of four wins, four losses, and two draws.

World Cup Qualifying Results

11/09/12 Uruguay 1-1 Ecuador

13/10/12 Argentina 3 - 0 Uruguay

16/10/12 Bolivia 4 - 1 Uruguay

22/03/13 Uruguay 1 - 1 Paraguay

27/03/13 Chile 2 - 0 Uruguay

12/06/13 Venezuela 0 - 1 Uruguay

07/09/13 Peru 1 - 2 Uruguay

11/09/13 Uruguay 2 - 0 Colombia

11/10/13 Ecuador 1 - 0 Uruguay

16/10/13 Uruguay 3 - 2 Argentina

World Cup Group Play Schedule

14/06/14 Uruguay vs. Costa Rica - Estadio Castelão

19/06/14 Uruguay vs. England - Arena Corinthians

24/06/14 Italy vs. Uruguay - Estadio das Dunas

Team Key Players

Edinson Cavani FW Paris Saint Germain - A great striker that had a very solid season playing for his club that won the French league title.

Luis Suarez FW Liverpool - One of the best strikers in the world, who scored the most goals in the England Premier League this season by 10-goal margin.

Diego Lugano DF West Bromwich - he is one of the veterans of the squad and has to be the leader of the defense that is not a strong one on the sides.