Luis Suarez’s inclusion in the Uruguay squad for this summer’s Confederations Cup means not only is this tournament worth watching closely but also that Uruguay have a genuine chance of lifting the trophy.
The South American nation qualified after winning the 2011 Copa America and face a relatively easy group stage alongside Spain, Tahiti and Nigeria. Second place is good enough for the team to make the semis, a landmark football betting fans expect them to achieve.
Progression to the final and even winning the tournament is also possible, although that relies on star quality and Uruguay have that in Suarez, who has found goals easy to come by this season, a trait that has caught the eye of Real Madrid.
Before his domestic ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, Suarez was the in-form player of the Premier League having scored 14 goals since the turn of the year. He has been a constant threat for Liverpool all season and is rumoured to have caught the eye of Real Madrid because of it.
While transfer rumours circulate the striker will focus on the task in hand and is a good bet to finish top scorer at the Confederations Cup this summer. Alongside Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani the trio have successfully led the line and with Walter Gargano and Edigio Rios feeding balls through Uruguay look set to score plenty in Brazil.
The only teams capable of preventing them reaching the final are the hosts or Italy, who should both finish within the top two of Group A.
Uruguay are capable of handling either team on their day and, with Suarez up front, will score, meaning this side are fancied in the Confederations Cup Betting Tips to win the World Cup prelude tournament.