World Cup 2018 Predictions for Group A – Uruguay

Great expectations are always thrust upon each subsequent World Cup tournament, especially when it comes to the continent of South America. Whilst both Brazil and Argentina will likely command most of the major headlines ahead of this summer’s highly anticipated competition, what can we expect from Uruguay as the 2018 World Cup fast approaches?


Will Uruguay win the 2018 World Cup?

Uruguay are traditionally known as a strong tournament team. The determined South Americans usually employ both a dogged and pragmatic approach, as they seek to cause upset after upset in the face of their supposedly superior opposition.

Oscar Tabarez’ squad includes enough star quality to really make their mark at this summer’s upcoming tournament. The Uruguayans can expect to traverse Group A in relatively straightforward fashion, whilst their ability to make it all the way to the final cannot be shrugged off without due care or consideration.


Who will be Uruguay’s star man at the World Cup?

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez predictably represents his nation’s most coveted asset ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The 31-year-old striker has produced the goods wherever he has plied his trade, with his current form at the Nou Camp proving far from unsatisfactory.

Yet in PSG’s Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayans arguably play host to a far greater threat. The current Ligue 1 favourite has impressed alongside the likes of Neymar and co. down in the French capital, appearing to be operating in the form of his life right about now.

Fernando Muslera represents a fine option for Uruguay in between the sticks, whilst Nicolas Lodeiro continues to excel among the MLS and young Maxi Gomez remains a strong option for his nation looking forward into the future.

But as Cavani may find himself operating at the World Cup with slightly more to prove than his strike-partner, Luis Suarez – it is sensible to expect great things from the 30-year-old with all those passionate Uruguayan fans urging him to succeed. Who knows? Perhaps Cavani could even land himself the all-round golden boot award if all goes well for the plucky South Americans.


What are Uruguay’s Group A fixtures?

Russia – The host nation will obviously wish to stamp their authority in Group A relatively early on, but if Uruguay simply rely on the hard-work and talent currently available within their first-team ranks, Tabarez’ team should have no real issues in pushing the Russians aside.

Saudi Arabia – The same can be said for Saudi Arabia, arguably Group A’s out-in-out whipping boys. Uruguay represent a far more cohesive and entertaining outfit than most of their opening opposition. They must therefore envisage themselves beating Saudi Arabia in comfortable fashion, with a number of goals expected to fly in.

Egypt – The confident North Africans could possibly pose problems for Uruguay, for Egypt seemingly go down as something of an unknown entity at this particular stage. If Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah can be kept firmly under control however, Uruguay should have enough fire-power to open up the Pharaohs defence and break Egyptian hearts.


Uruguay’s World Cup Predictions

Uruguay are not expected to win the 2018 World Cup by any relevant stretch of the imagination, yet that doesn’t necessarily mean that Oscar Tabarez’ side should be completely written off. In-fact, with the likes of Suarez and Cavani on their side, Uruguay arguably possess enough world class talent to approach those elusive knock-out rounds positively and assuredly.

The team is ageing in nature, whilst each of Brazil, Argentina and possibly even Colombia represent better placed South American outfits among this summer’s tournament. But with their usual application and just a little slice of hard-earned luck on their side, expect the Uruguayans to try anything within their power in order to wholeheartedly succeed at the 2018 World Cup.


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