Spain v Uruguay: Both teams to bag in Group B opener

Confederations Cup 2013

Having been upset by USA in the last Confederations Cup, Spain are out to set the record straight this time around...

Spain v Uruguay, Sunday 23:00, BBC1, Match Odds: Spain 1.67, Uruguay 6.2, The Draw 3.95

This Latin-infused Group B opener promises to be a cracker with the double European and current world champions Spain the star attraction alongside hosts Brazil.

Interestingly, this is the only major piece of available silverware either nation is yet to claim, meaning there will be nothing friendly about this match-up.

And bearing in mind that Uruguay could yet miss out on next year's World Cup in their neighbouring country, there will be extra impetus on them to push for glory.

The Uruguayans' qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 is teetering on the edge following a horrible run of six qualifiers without a win - including four defeats - which was only broken by Tuesday's narrow victory over Venezuela.

Spain, of course, have had no such problems in their qualifying quest, as they currently top European Group I and carry a formidable record of 22 games unbeaten into this opener.

Nevertheless, two draws in that group, including one against Finland, suggests that, like the Barcelona side they're moulded on, the brightest star of an era could finally be on the wane.

When these teams sized each other up back in February in a friendly, the world champs took hold of the game in the second half and ended up comfortable 3-1 winners, having played out an evenly matched first 45.

With two easier games to come, the spoils could easily be shared in Recife.


Both Teams To Score

Despite remaining unbeaten for such an impressive stretch, Spain have conceded in five of their last seven outings across friendlies and qualifiers. When the teams met back in February, both keepers went fetching, while it has been almost a year since La Roja were last guilty of firing a blank.


To Score

Uruguay are blessed with possibly the most enviable of all strike forces in world football at present. Both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez look like they've outgrown their current clubs and will be out to impress in this shop window. Given the question marks over Suarez's attitude, it's their top scorer in World Cup qualification that has the most to prove.


Recommended Bets
Best Bet: Back both teams to score @ 2.1
Back Luis Suarez to score @ 3.6

(Source: Betfair


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