Argentina World Cup Team Preview
Odds to Win World Cup: +10000
Historically speaking, Uruguay is one of the most decorated countries in World Cup history. However, recently, the team has fallen upon hard times, but will be looking to rebound with a strong showing in South Africa in 2010.
How They Got Here: Considering the fact that Uruguay has to qualify with the likes of Brazil, Argentina, and several other major South American countries, just reaching the World Cup is a heck of an achievement. It took Los Charruas an extra qualification round, as they couldn't finish in one of the four automatic qualifying slots. This is the exact same position they were in for three of the L/4 World Cups, but they failed to qualify any of those except for 2002. This time around, Uruguay knocked out Costa Rica 2-1 on aggregate in the home-and-home qualifier.
Player to Watch: F Diego Forlan had an absolutely stunning season with Spanish Primera side Atletico Madrid this year, netting 18 goals on a whopping 124 shots. He also added six helpers for a team that had a relatively disappointing season, but can say that it was the only team in Spain to beat champions Barcelona during the domestic season. He's be the man to keep an eye on whether he is wearing the captain's armband or not for Los Charruas.
Previous World Cup Experience: The first two times that Uruguay played in the World Cup, they won the event (1930, 1950). Since then, just getting out of the qualification round has been incredibly difficult when it happens to reach the main tournament. Uruguay hasn't notched a win in the World Cup since 1990 in Italy, and it hasn't won multiple games in the same tournament since 1970 when it went to the semifinals.
Key to Advancing: The problem for Uruguay hasn't been scoring goals. Sending 28 to the back of the net in 18 matches is impressive. It's the 20 goals allowed that has to concern all of Los Charruas. Suspect defending must be nailed down, or it'll be yet another short World Cup for Uruguay.
Predictions: Though many feel as though this Uruguay side could be ripe for an upset or two in the first round, the bottom line is that somehow, a win is going to have to come out of one of these three games. It's difficult to see how they can snare three points from either the hosts of the tourney or from the giants of the group, France, but that match against Mexico may not mean anything by the time it rolls around on the final day of the first round for Group A anyway. This side is just too young and inexperienced to advance.
Round 1 Schedule
Uruguay vs. France (June 11th, 2:30 PM ET, Johannesburg)
South Africa vs. Uruguay (June 16th, 2:30 PM ET, Tshwane)
Mexico vs. Uruguay (June 22nd, 10:00 AM ET, Rustenburg)
All Odds for 2010 World Cup from Brobury Sports
|Odds to Win Group A|
South Africa +500
Odds to Advance Group A
South Africa +160