Uruguay were dominant in their opening game at the Copa America as they destroyed Ecuador 4-0 and now they have a chance to secure the quarter-finals with three points against Japan. The Samurai Blue suffered a massive 4-0 loss to Chile and they are not expected to bounce back here.
Uruguay vs. Japan
• Copa America
• Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre, Brazil
• Friday 21 June
• 01:00 CET
Uruguay Team News and Latest Form
Uruguay’s confident 4-0 victory against Ecuador in their 2019 Copa America opener made it four wins in a row with 3+ goals margin. Each game in that sequence saw Uruguay win both halves, and score exactly once after the 75th minute.
Three of those four victories also saw Uruguay open the scoring in the opening ten minutes of the game. Speaking of matches where Uruguay scored the first goal, they won each of the previous 13 games in which they have done so. Going back to July 2011, eight of Uruguay’s last ten Copa America matches have seen one team fail to score.
Japan Team News and Latest Form
Japan opened the Copa America with a 4-0 loss to reigning champions Chile and it was a result that marked their second straight defeey without scoring against a CONMEBOL nation currently ranked in the FIFA top-20.
The Samurai Blue’s form also suggests that they must score the opening game of the match or else, they’re starting to dismantle. They have lost the previous three games to see them allow first while going on to win each of the last seven matches where they opened the scoring.
Shoya Nakajima is the last Japanese player to score against South American rivals. Four of the five goals allowed by Japan against South American opponent in 2019 arrived in the second 45 minutes.
Uruguay vs. Japan Head to Head
Uruguay and Japan have faced five times so far and all five were friendly matches. La Celeste have three wins while Japan were better in the most recent tilt, 4-3 back in October 2018. Takumi Minamino scored a brace, Yuya Osako and Ritsu Doan also hit the net for the Japanese while Gaston Pereiro, Edinson Cavani, and Jonathan Rodriguez scored for Uruguay. Three of the previous four H2H encounters have seen at least one team fail to score before the break.
Uruguay vs. Japan Betting Tip
The odds on Uruguay to win are unattractive and playing on them at 1.25 (-400) is not acceptable. We suggest you go with Uruguay to score Over 2.5 goals at 2.62 (+162) because they already scored four against Ecuador and Japan allowed four against Chile. Additionally, Uruguay scored 3+ goals in three of the previous four H2H duels.