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Team GB v Uruguay: Hosts the better bet at even prices

| 01.08.2012

It is winner takes all as Team GB take on Uruguay in the final batch of Group A fixtures at the Olympics and with so much up for grabs, picking a winner has proved particularly hard to call.

Both teams are priced at 13/8 to secure a victory that would take them into the quarter finals and preference has to be for Team GB, given not only their dominant position in the group, but also the fact they have home advantage.

Stuart Pearce is correct to call the game “sudden death” as defeat for either team would see them eliminated.

This would be harsh on Team GB given that they currently top the group on goal difference from Senegal, with Uruguay just a further point behind.

Therefore, a draw would be enough for Team GB and this can be backed at 9/4.

Pearce added that he would not be playing for the draw, but the longer his team can remain level, the more pressure will be put on Uruguay to attack and the more space they will leave in behind.

Even though Team GB have scored in the first half of both Olympic games so far, there are grounds to believe that the 9/2 on offer for a draw at half time and Team GB to be ahead at the final whistle is decent value.

Uruguay have gone on to win the gold medal on their only two previous Olympic football appearances and with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in attack, they easily pose the stiffest attacking threat to Team GB so far.

The pair have been relatively quiet thus far and Uruguay as a whole were generally dreadful in their latest defeat against a ten-man Senegal.

However, Team GB fans will know full well the problems this duo can pose and they are both 11/2 to open the scoring at the Millennium Stadium.

Yet the Uruguay defence is youthful and vulnerable and it must be somewhat of a surprise that it was not strengthened by some over-age additions.

It is 5/6 that both teams score and given that this has occurred in both of Team GB’s Group A matches thus far, this may be worth taking advantage of.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.