Great Britain vs Uruguay – Smarkets’ Top Tip
August 1, 2012
No one can complain about a lack of surprise in the Olympic Men’s Football so far. Biggest of all would be Spain’s elimination – the favourites failed to score a goal before being sent home. Brazil have shown impressive moments of individual and team flair that have led to some fantastic goals. Team GB have put us home fans through a bit of a roller coaster; promising so much, nobody knew just how they would play. However they are starting to become a bit of a dark horse.
We have to remember that this Great Britain team has only played 3 games together (1 friendly and 2 competitive matches) compared to other teams in this tournament who have played together for a while. Game by game, performances have improved and their result again UAE showed that they are moving in the right direction.
Their next match is against Uruguay, who have had a mixed tournament so far. The talent of their squad is undeniable, boasting one of the best set of strikers in the Olympics in Suarez and Cavani. Uruguay have to win in order to qualify for the next round, so it promises to be a captivating match, which is in keeping with the nature of this tournament.
Here are our Top Tips for the game:
Uruguay’s need to win has put a twist in the match that could help punters. In other words, Uruguay have to score and with the attacking talent they possess in Suarez, Cavani and Ramirez, there’s a very good chance that this will happen. Coupled with the fact that Team GB have looked unstable at the back in their first 2 games, it’s a safe bet that Uruguay will score at least 1 goal.
However Uruguay’s need to score may count against them. If Team GB frustrate Uruguay and not concede for a prolonged period of time, it will force Uruguay to risk more in attack. As a result, there will be more space for Team GB to exploit on the counter-attack. The pace of Bellamy, Sturridge and Sinclair may be vital for GB.
Smarkets’ Top Tip: ‘Both teams score’
Uruguay will have to attack this game and this may play into the hands of Team GB, as they are more comfortable playing a counter-attacking game than a possession game. Team GB’s pace on the counter may be the deciding factor. Uruguay seemed a confused team against Senegal and although I expect an improvement from this quality side, Team GB may just spring a minor surprise.
Smarkets’ Top Tip: ’GB Win’
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