Uruguay v Colombia betting tips: Tabarez troops seek Cafeteros scalp
Uruguay v Colombia betting tips and preview
Uruguay finished runners-up to Argentina in Group A after winning their last two games and are 7/5 to beat 23/10 underdogs Colombia on Saturday night.
Colombia won just one of their four group games – a 1-0 victory against Ecuador – and lost to Peru although they were unlucky not to draw with Brazil, who scored a winner in the 10th minute of stoppage time.
Oscar Tabarez’s side have a good recent record against Los Cafeteros so let’s look at some of the options to help with our Uruguay v Colombia betting tips.
Uruguay defeated Bolivia and Paraguay 2-0 and 1-0 respectively to finish with seven points in Group A and they face Colombia full of confidence having beaten them 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in November.
The record-holding 15-time champions are 12/5 to win to nil, 7/4 for a victory and under 3.5 goals and 22/1 to secure a 3-0 victory as they have done in two of their last three meetings with Colombia.
Uruguay were leading 1-0 at the break in both of those 3-0 wins and in their last two group games at the current tournament so that half-time scoreline is available at 21/5.
Additionally, Uruguay are priced at 9/5 to be the first team to score in the first half and 17/5 to score in both halves as they have done in their last three matches against Colombia, who conceded in the first and second 45 minutes against Peru.
Had La Celeste managed to hold on against Brazil, they would have drawn for the third time in five outings and the sides to be level after 90 minutes can be backed at 2/1 as one of our Uruguay v Colombia betting tips.
Tabarez played a 4-3-2-1 formation against Paraguay with lone striker Edinson Cavani coming off midway through the second half for Luis Suarez to keep their legs fresh for the quarter-finals.
Both men started in a 4-3-1-2 in the win against Bolivia and that seems a more realistic scenario for the Colombia clash.
Colombia went with a 4-4-2 in the Brazil defeat and the goalless draw with Venezuela but opted for a 4-2-3-1 against Peru, with coach Reinaldo Rueda rotating his strikers.
Uruguay scored just four goals in the group phase, half of which came from Cavani who is among the favourites to make the breakthrough or get on the scoresheet against Colombia just as he did eight months ago.
Suarez was also on target that day and he is sure to be in the running to score like he was in the 1-1 draw with Chile.
Colombia scored one fewer than Uruguay during the group stage, one of which came from Miguel Borja who will be one of the favourites to find the net against Uruguay.
Where: Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia
When: 23:00, Saturday 3rd July
How to watch: BBC Digital
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication