Uruguay scored at least once in 15 of their last 16 games.Brazil scored at least once in 13 of their last 15 competitive fixtures.Uruguay lost just two of their last 16 matches.Goals anticipated at both ends in Montevideo
It was a case of no Neymar, no problem for Brazil as the Seleção made it three wins from three in South America’s World Cup qualification section with a narrow 1-0 triumph at home to Venezuela on Saturday without their injured talisman.
The Brazilians have been taking care of business in the section so far, though an encounter with Uruguay in Montevideo represents the biggest test of their campaign to date.
Uruguay can draw level on nine points with Brazil at the table’s summit with a victory over their visitors on Tuesday, though La Celeste – who haven’t beaten the Brazilians since 2001 – have a psychological hurdle that they just can’t seem to jump when facing this particular foe.
Fresh from a superb 3-0 win at Colombia, Óscar Tabárez’s should have the confidence to test Brazil this week however, and we expect Uruguay – who have notched in 15 of their last 16 games – to register.
Even without Neymar in tow, a Brazil team averaging 3.33 goals per 90 minutes during their qualifiers, should be tough to keep out at the other end however, and that in turn makes the both teams to score a standout market at the prices quoted.
Our correct score prediction meanwhile, tips these big hitters to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw in Montevideo. With just two defeats in their last 16 matches, Uruguay have a strong record to draw confidence from, and a single goal against a Brazil team that conceded once in 50% of their last eight assignments, could be enough for the defensively robust hosts to wrangle a useful point out of a tricky qualification test.