Uruguay vs. Colombia – 2021 Copa America (July 3)

| July 1, 2021 10:51 am PDT

The second day of Copa America 2021 quarterfinals kicks off with Uruguay and Colombia battling it out at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia on Saturday. Argentina or Bolivia will be up next for the victor.

Neither side has looked particularly convincing so far at this tournament and there needs to be an improvement from the star players in both squads if either is to go all the way. I’m going to take a look at how this Copa America quarterfinal might play out – and offer up my own Uruguay vs. Colombia betting pick.

Will Suarez and Cavani Perform for Uruguay?

This fixture should be an intriguing encounter pitting two teams full of players from the very best leagues in the world. But, instead, there is a question over which ones will finally really start playing at this Copa America.

That is probably a little unfair on Edinson Cavani, who has started scoring goals at least, but Luis Suarez has been a major disappointment so far.

After winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid, much was expected from Suarez at this tournament. But, the goal against Chile in the group stage aside, he has looked off the pace. Cavani has also uncharacteristically missed chances and it has been more the work rate of Uruguay that saw it finish second in its group.

The good news for Oscar Tabarez is that he can always rely on his players to put in a good shift. His midfield is not the most creative but will defend all day – and the strikers will always worry opposing defenders, even when they are not completely on top of their game.

Can Colombia Improve to Win Copa America 2021?

If Uruguay has disappointed in part at this tournament, Colombia has surprised many by just how poorly it has played in its four group games. After starting off with a narrow win over Ecuador, La Tricolor could only manage a goalless draw with COVID-stricken Venezuela and a defeat at the hands of Peru.

A controversial goal in the 10th minute of stoppage time then stopped Colombia from finishing the group phase with a draw against Brazil. But Casamiro’s goal made it just one win from four games for Reinaldo Ruedo’s side. A vast improvement is needed if Colombia is going to progress further.

It won’t help that the influential Juan Cuadrado is suspended for this one after receiving two yellow cards during the group stage.

With James Rodriguez missing the entire tournament, Colombia has relied on Cuadrado to create opportunities – and his absence is a huge loss.

The striking talent of Duvan Zapata and Alfredo Morelos will really need to step up now.

Latest Odds and My Betting Pick for Uruguay vs. Colombia

Uruguay to Win+145
The Draw+200
Colombia to Win+240

The odds from BetOnline for this quarterfinal are fairly close, which is understandable for a game between two of South America’s big hitters. But Colombia’s form has been very patchy at this tournament, so a Uruguay win actually looks like quite good value at this price.

Colombia will really miss the suspended Cuadrado – in defense and attack – and I’m not sure that it will be able to break through a Uruguay midfield that has helped La Celeste concede just two goals so far. If Luis Suarez clicks into gear as well, it could be a long night for Colombia.

Edinson Cavani has slowly gotten into his stride after an excellent season for Manchester United and could be another problem for Colombia’s defense to deal with. The creative spark of La Tricolor has been sadly missing so far – and I’m not sure it will return in time to beat Uruguay in Brasilia on Saturday.

Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.

As a fan of Nottingham Forest, New York Knicks, Minnesota Vikings and New York Mets, Dan has not had much to celebrate recently.

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