Uruguay vs England – Two to Watch

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Him Against Him

If it weren’t for the national anthems, thousands of years of history, and the pesky FIFA practise of insisting on countries being given their full names in the World Cup, one could be forgiven that tonight’s clash between Uruguay and England is simply a battle of two men – Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez.

Questions abound over the duo – for the former, will he play upfront, either as a ten or a nine; the latter, will he play at all, or at least come off the bench. Yet in truth, these two men are a mere sideshow. Rooney hasn’t produced at international level for around a decade when it has really mattered, whilst however much torment Luis Suarez caused English defenders during the recent Premier League season, he won’t be anything near fit enough to cause similar problems in Sao Paulo.

So where will this match be won? Well Uruguay were taken apart by Costa Rica, and by one man in particular, Joel Campbell. What Campbell had above all was pace, so expect Sterling and company to be given another runout against the creeking South American backline. But a point worth making is that a draw isn’t a bad result for England. Assuming Italy take care of Costa Rica, a point would mean England simply have to beat the Central Americans by more than Uruguay beat Italy to go through. And who wouldn’t fancy that. So back England draw no bet at Betfair at 1.58. And relax….

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