England v Uruguay World Cup 2014 Betting Preview

luis suarez 232England face Uruguay tonight in what’s become a life or death encounter in just their second game of the 2014 World Cup.

The teams meet in Sao Paulo, both looking for their first points in Group D after Uruguay were beaten 3-1 by Costa Rica and England lost 2-1 to Italy.

England are 6/5 favourites after an impressive showing against Italy, if they can replicate that performance Roy Hodgson’s side should have little problem brushing past a lapse Uruguay side.

Hodgson has vowed to “use any weapon we’ve got” and is expected to field the same line-up that lost to Italy last weekend, with leading scorer, Wayne Rooney, operating as a central playmaker.

There have been calls for Rooney to be dropped following an uninspiring display on the left of England’s midfield against Italy, but the striker created more chances than any other player in the England vs Italy game (3, including one assist).

Rooney’s available at 6/1 to score the first goal of the game and simultaneously break his own World Cup scoring duck.

Uruguay will be without the suspended Maxi Pereira and the injured Diego Lugano and if England play with the same quick, attacking style, Uruguay’s defence will be exposed.

Uruguay’s strengths are their front players: Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlán, Gastón Ramírez and Luis Suárez.

With this in mind, there should be goals from both sides despite the magnitude of the occasion. We’re backing over 3.5 goals at 13/5.

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