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Uruguay odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

By Jonathan Davies

Uruguay odds to win World Cup 2022- Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

Published: 12:00, 24 November 2022

Uruguay will be targeting another deep run at the World Cup finals when they descend on Qatar later this month.

Boasting world-class quality in defence, midfield and attack, there is absolutely no reason why Uruguay cannot go far at this year’s tournament.


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The latest Uruguay odds to win the World Cup

Betting Market Bet UK
Uruguay to win the World Cup 45/1
Uruguay to reach semi-final odds 9/1
Uruguay to reach quarter-final odds 9/4
Uruguay odds to win Group H 19/10
Darwin Nunez World Cup Golden Boot odds 33/1

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Uruguay have reached at least the quarter-finals in two of their last three World Cup appearances.

La Celeste narrowly lost out to the Netherlands in the 2010 semi-finals, while they were beaten by eventual champions France four years ago.


Uruguay route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group stage fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date*
vs South Korea Education City Stadium 13:00, 24/11
vs Portugal Lusail Iconic Stadium 19:00, 28/11
vs Ghana Al Janoub Stadium 15:00, 02/12
*All times GMT

Uruguay are likely to be battling it with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal for top spot in Group H.

Indeed, their showdown on November 28 could go a long way to determining who will finish at the summit.

Although, La Celeste certainly cannot afford to take anything for granted against South Korea or Ghana.

Who could Uruguay meet in the knockout rounds?

Should they top Group H, Uruguay could face a potentially favourable last-16 draw against the runner-ups of Group G.

That is likely to be Switzerland with Brazil leading the way, but things will not get any easier from there.

Potentially quarter-final opponents Belgium are desperate to finally land major silverware, while the small matter of reigning champions France or five-time winners Brazil could be waiting further down the line.

If Uruguay win Group H Potential opponent
Round of 16 Switzerland
Quarter-Final Belgium
Semi-Final France
Final Brazil

Finishing second in Group H would likely bring the bigger tests sooner than Uruguay would want. Indeed, a potential round-of-16 meeting with Brazil could be on the cards.

And things would not get any easier thereon, with 2010 champions potentially awaiting in the quarter-finals, before the likes of Argentina and France could be waiting further down the line.

If Uruguay come runners up in Group H Potential opponent
Round of 16 Brazil
Quarter-Final Spain
Semi-Final Argentina
Final France

Confirmed Uruguay World Cup 2022 squad

Player  Position Age Club
Fernando Muslera Goalkeeper 36 Galatasaray
Sergio Rochet Goalkeeper 29 Nacional
Sebastian Sosa Goalkeeper 36 Independiente
Diego Godin Defender 36 Velez Sarsfield
Sebastian Coates Defender 32 Sporting CP
Jose Gimenez Defender 27 Atletico Madrid
Ronald Araujo Defender 23 Barcelona
Martin Caceres Defender 35 LA Galaxy
Guillermo Varela Defender 29 Flamengo
Matias Vina Defender 25 Roma
Mathias Olivera Defender 25 Napoli
Jose Luis Rodriguez Defender 25 Nacional
Federico Valverde Midfielder 24 Real Madrid
Matias Vecino Midfielder 31 Lazio
Rodrigo Bentancur Midfielder 25 Tottenham Hotspur
Lucas Torreira Midfielder 26 Galatasaray
Giorgian de Arrascaeta Midfielder 28 Flamengo
Nicolas de la Cruz Midfielder 25 River Plate
Manuel Ugarte Midfielder 21 Sporting CP
Luis Suarez Forward 35 Nacional
Darwin Nunez Forward 23 Liverpool
Edinson Cavani Forward 35 Valencia
Agustin Canobbio Forward 24 Athletico Paranaense
Maxi Gomez Forward 26 Trabzonspor
Facundo Pellistri Forward 20 Manchester United
Facundo Torres Forward 23 Orlando City

Uruguay players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

Uruguay top World Cup Golden Boot contender — Darwin Nunez

The Liverpool striker is set to make his maiden appearance at the World Cup finals.

And with youth on his side, the 23-year-old could well be trusted to lead the line ahead of the ageing Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

The former Benfica forward is yet to truly underline his quality at Anfield, but this is a great opportunity to showcase it on the biggest stage of all.

Uruguay player to watch — Luis Suarez

Though now in his mid-30s, Suarez has never lost that killer instinct and eye for goal.

The former Liverpool and Barcelona forward is set for his fourth appearance at the finals, where he has scored seven times.

Just two more strikes in Qatar would see him become his nation’s all-time leading scorer at the tournament.

Uruguay emerging player to look out for — Federico Valverde

Although named in the squad this year, Valverde missed the cut four years ago.

Since then, though, the silky pass-master has established himself as one of Real Madrid’s most influential midfield units. He simply couldn’t be ignored.

Having already won La Liga and the Champions League this year, he would love to end 2022 with an impressive World Cup to match.


Uruguay tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

Diego Alonso has regularly rotated his system in recent times, though he generally prefers to operate with a lone striker.

He has some decent options at his disposal in Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Darwin Nunez, so he could opt to go with two up top instead.

Veteran Diego Godin will likely anchor the defence, while Federico Valverde will provide refreshing energy to a generally ageing squad.

Uruguay’s previous World Cup finishes

Year

Finish

1930

Winners

1934

Did not enter

1938

Did not enter

1950

Winners

1954

Semi-finals

1958

Did not qualify

1962

Group stage

1966

Quarter-finals

1970

Semi-finals

1974

Group stage

1978

Did not qualify

1982

Did not qualify

1986

Round of 16

1990

Round of 16

1994

Did not qualify

1998

Did not qualify

2002

Group stage

2006

Did not qualify

2010

Semi-finals

2014

Round of 16

2018

Quarter-finals

Uruguay FAQ’s

Where are Uruguay in the Fifa World Rankings?

Uruguay are 14th in the Fifa World Rankings, reaching a peak position of second in 2012.

Who is the Uruguay manager?

Diego Alonso was appointed the new head coach in December 2021. He was a CONCACAF Champions League winner with Monterrey in 2019.

Who is the current Uruguay captain?

Veteran Diego Godin will lead La Celeste from the heart of defence. The centre-half is set to appear in his fourth World Cup.

How many times have Uruguay won the World Cup? 

Uruguay won the inaugural World Cup in 1930, while they also triumphed 20 years later. They are one of only six nations to lift the trophy on multiple occasions.

How many times have Uruguay competed in the World Cup?

This will be Uruguay’s 13th appearance at the World Cup finals – and fourth in succession.

Who has scored Uruguay’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Oscar Miguez scored eight goals across two tournaments (1950 and 1954), with his tally of five helping his nation to their second success in the former year. Luis Suarez (currently on seven) could surpass that this year.

Which player from Uruguay has the most World Cup appearances?

Veteran goalkeeper Fernando Muslera could appear at his fourth World Cup finals later this month, having already racked up 16 appearances in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

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