There aren’t too many teams who can win the World Cup. Germany, Brazil and Spain seem fairly strong and deserve their place at the head of the betting, while France, Belgium and Argentina also have the potential to go deep.
However, perhaps Uruguay should be mentioned in the same breath as the above teams considering they have many of the ingredients required to win this summer’s tournament.
For starters, they have a couple of sharp shooters in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. The pair operate at club level for Barcelona and PSG, with few countries unable to boast such attacking wealth.
Secondly, they have defensive steel thanks to Atletico Madrid centre-backs Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin, the latter of whom is one of the best in the world and that should see La Celeste run a tight ship.
Uruguay are in an easy group, with Egypt their first opponents and the South American side then clash with Saudi Arabia and Russia which should give them a great chance of topping the section.
Should that happen, the Uruguayans are likely to play Portugal in the last sixteen, providing that the latter manage to stay ahead of Morocco and Iran.
At odds of 33/1, we are happy to side with a team who might be relatively fresh going into the latter stages of the competition and the spirit within the camp could carry them a long way.
At a shorter price, it’s hard to pick holes in a Spain squad who warmed up for the World Cup by thrashing Argentina 6-1 in a recent friendly.
La Roja are packed with experienced players who previously lifted the World Cup eight years ago, while Koke, Isco and Marco Asensio add competition for places in the midfield department.
Having the world’s best keeper between the sticks is also a massive advantage and we’re happy to place a few quid on them at the prices.