Uruguay and South Korea will get their World Cup 2022 campaigns underway on Thursday at the Education City Stadium. Uruguay and South Korea are part of Group H, with Portugal and Ghana.
The match between Uruguay and South Korea is massive for both teams’ chances of qualifying for the knockout stages. The Uruguayans and South Koreans will feel like they can reach the knockout stages as the second-place team in the group.
Uruguay are in their fourth consecutive World Cup finals. The Sky Blues reached the knockout stage in each of the last three tournaments. In 2018, Uruguay progressed to the quarterfinals.
Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on a Uruguay win at full-time are 8/11. South Korea are at odds of 17/4 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 5/2. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture.
Uruguay vs South Korea Bet Builder
We have handpicked a massive 40/1 urguay vs South Korea bet builder for Thursday's World Cup 2022 Group H match. If you stake just £10 on this five-selection bet builder you could stand to win £400 profit if all the picks occur during this match.
Result: Uruguay to win
Uruguay have a strong historical record against South Korea in all competitions. Yet, it isn’t just a strong historical record that should help the Sky Blues get through the match with a win.
Uruguay are unbeaten in eight of the last nine games in all competitions with seven of those matches ending in wins. The Sky Blues’ only loss in 2022 was against Iran in a shock 1-0 defeat.
South Korea are also in good form ahead of the tournament. However, Son’s fitness following face surgery will be an issue. A knock to the face or head could send Son out of the game. The Tottenham man makes South Korea tick.
There are several players in the South Korean team that play their football domestically. Goalscoring may be an issue for the South Koreans. Uruguay’s selection of forwards may be their best ever. The old guard of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are joined by Darwin Nunez and Facundo Pellistri. Our betting tips prediction is for Uruguay to win.
Both teams to score: YES
Uruguay's defence may be their undoing at the World Cup. The attack is stacked with goalscorers, yet the defence is still anchored by captain Diego Godin. Godin is 36 and could play next to fellow mid-30-somethings Martin Caceres and Sebastian Coates.
South Korea are coming off back-to-back wins to nil against Cameroon and Iceland. The quality of the opponent will increase versus Uruguay on Thursday. Although Uruguay’s defence has played well in recent matches, it continues to age.
After four matches of the World Cup, 50% of games finished with both teams scoring goals. Our betting tips prediction is for Uruguay and South Korea to both score in the game. Both sides will want to start well and could get goals.
Total goals: Over 2.5 goals
The World Cup had just one of its opening four games finish with over 2.5 goals scored. England and Iran combined for eight goals in total in a 6-2 win for the Three Lions.
Goals may be scarce in the first round of group games, as teams do their best not to lose the opening match. Uruguay and South Korea will want to start well, which could lead to goals being scored. The most recent match between Uruguay and South Korea finished 2-1 in 2018. Could we see the scoreline repeated?
Six of South Korea’s last eight games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Three of Uruguay’s last nine games in all competitions ended with over 2.5 goals. Our betting tips prediction is for Uruguay and South Korea to combine for more than 2.5 goals in their second consecutive head-to-head encounter.
Both teams will have an eye on Portugal and Ghana, as the former are expected to top the group. The winner of Uruguay versus South Korea could finish second in the group, or even top it.
Player Card: Diego Godin booked
Diego Godin has 159 caps for the Sky Blues. He is the team’s captain and could record more than 160 caps. Godin hasn’t played a lot of football in 2022 which shouldn’t stop him from making an impact for Uruguay at the World Cup.
You may not want to add Diego Godin to be booked to your bet builder. However, the addition can increase your odds significantly.
In 159 all-time appearances for Uruguay, Godin received 24 yellow cards. He also picked up one straight red card in those 159 appearances. Remarkably, in 14 World Cup finals matches, Godin has just one yellow card.
The defender is now 36 and will turn 37 in February. Our betting tips prediction is for Godin to be booked in the match. The opening four games of the World Cup saw 17 yellow cards for an average of 4.25 per game.
Darwin Nunez to score anytime
Just like the Diego Godin booking selection, you may want to think hard about adding this selection to your bet builder. Our betting tips prediction is for striker Darwin Nunez to score anytime.
The Liverpool striker is in good form ahead of the World Cup and could exploit South Korea’s defence with his pace. Nunez loves balls played in front of him to run onto and smash past goalkeepers.
Nunez has nine goals in 18 games for Liverpool this season in all competitions. He has just three international goals for Uruguay but has only played 13 times. The World Cup could see the passing of the Uruguay goalscorer torch from Luis Suarez to Nunez.