The World Cup continues with Uruguay v Costa Rica odds and latest betting, William Hill announce this morning a new free bets offer as Luis Suarez looks to make his mark on the tournament.
Uruguay will look to steal a march on their England and Italy when they get proceedings underway in Group D on Saturday. The South Americans, two-time world cup winners, will open their campaign for a third title against the supposed minnows of the group, Costa Rica.
Oscar Tabarez side boasts plenty of talent throughout with the likes of Diego Godin, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez all experienced performers. Suarez in particular is one that can divide a nation however the mercurial forward will be missing against the Costa Ricans after a pre-tournament operation on his knee.
In his absence the goal-scoring mantle will fall on the equally prolific shoulders of PSG forward Cavani, the 50 million pound man who scored 20 goals last season for his club. Cavani is likely to be supported by former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan with Abel Hernandez and Christian Stuani vying for the third spot.
The Uruguayans crept into the world cup via a 5-0 aggregate playoff win over Jordan and they will head into the clash on the back of a 6 game unbeaten run, including back to back wins over Northern Ireland and Slovenia in the lead up to the tournament.
Costa Rica meanwhile will be considered the small fry in the group, if for no reason other than the fact that are the only in the group not to lift the Jules Rimet trophy.
The absence of expectations and fear will encourage Coach Jorge Luis Pinto’s men to play their natural game although the veteran manager will hope that key defenders Michael Umana and Mainz star Junior Diaz overcome flu to play.
Levante keeper Keylor Navas is a key man for the Ticos as too is Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio and former Fulham star Bryan Ruiz.
The Costa Ricans have lost four of their last 6 games with their only win coming in a 2-1 success over Paraguay. A defeat to Japan and a draw with Ireland complete their build up the competition and if they can pick up a point in a tough group they will have exceeded many pundits’ expectations.