Ireland vs Uruguay – Visitors to prove too strong in attack

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Although Uruguay’s trip to Europe failed to get off to the desire start in Estonia, 13/10 seems a big price in the football betting that they can make amends for this shock defeat when they face the Republic of Ireland.

Match Odds

Uruguay will have a point to prove after losing 2-0 in Estonia and they will find conditions more to their liking at the Aviva Stadium, devoid of sub-zero temperatures and snow in the air.

Meanwhile, with the likes of Russia and Norway already securing victories in Ireland this season, Uruguay will feel that are at least on par with these teams, if not better.

Furthermore, Giovanni Trapattoni is going to experiment with some of his back-up players for the friendly, with Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, Kevin Kilbane and Kevin Doyle all missing out.

Stephen Kelly will lead the new-look team, with Wigan’s James McCarthy handed a debut in the midfield and Andy Keogh given a rare chance to impress in attack.

In total, eight changes will be made from the team that beat Macedonia 2-1 in the weekend’s Euro 2012 qualifier.

However, there is the argument that not only do Ireland have home advantage, but many of the fringe players will feel that they have a strong chance of making a statement of intent for future Ireland games, with a larger importance.

Ireland’s betting odds are 11/5 to beat Uruguay, with the draw quoted at the same price.

First Goalscorer

With Uruguay having Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan in their ranks, it is hard to look past one of the striking duo being the scorer of the opening goal.

Forlan’s goal threat is already well known and he is 9/2 to break the deadlock, while Cavani’s 22 league goals have been the main reason for Napoli’s involvement in the Serie A title race and he is also 9/2 to strike first.

A £20 stake on the scorecast of Cavani scoring first and Uruguay beating Ireland 2-1 would return £560. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.

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Craig Kemp

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