Dark horses of the 2022 World Cup – Uruguay national team

The Uruguay national team is one of the best teams in the world. This team has never been an easy opponent even for the strongest teams in the world. Many fans who understand and place bets in also evaluate Uruguay as a dark horse that can “shoot” at the upcoming World Cup. Consider the chances of the national team at the 2022 World Cup.

Brief information

  • First, let’s introduce you to this team a little:
  • Uruguay qualified for the World Cup for the 14th time.
  • In Qatar and in the group stage will play with South Korea, Portugal and Ghana.
  • The Uruguay national football team became the first world football champion.
  • In total, she has reached the top of the podium twice at the World Cup and 30 times at the Continental America’s Cup.
  • The team has extensive experience of participating in international competitions.
  • For the first time in 15 years, Uruguay will play in the World Cup not under the leadership of Oscar Tabares.

Uruguay’s path to the 2022 World Cup

Uruguay started the qualifying round in the CONMEBOL zone. All South American teams were in the same group. A total of 10 teams took part in the competition. In the group, the national team of Brazil and Argentina secured access to the world championship a little earlier than the rest of the rivals. The players of “La Celeste Olímpica” took 3rd place. They lost to Brazil and Argentina, and one game to Bolivia, after which there was a change of coach in the national team. Oscar Tabares was replaced by Diego Alonso. Under the guidance of the new coach, the Uruguayans won matches against Paraguay, Venezuela, Peru and Chile and received 12 points out of 12 possible. Thus, it was Diego Alonso who ensured that the Uruguayans entered Qatar.

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Uruguay’s opponents at the 2022 World Cup in Group H

The Uruguayans are in Group H, where the teams of Portugal, Ghana and South Korea will become opponents. The schedule looks like this:

  • November 24th. Uruguay-South Korea.
  • November 28. Uruguay-Portugal.
  • December 2nd. Uruguay-Ghana.

As you can see, there are two clear favorites and 2 outsiders in this group. The Uruguayans will start from the match with South Korea, where Diego Alonso’s team has every chance to get 3 points and gain a foothold in the group of leaders. It is possible that the fate of the second place will be decided in the last match between Uruguay and Ghana.

Bets and odds

According to the quotes of the bookmakers, it becomes clear that the Uruguay national team has excellent chances of qualifying from the group for the 2022 World Cup. The probability of reaching the playoffs is estimated at about 68% (odds 1.45), while the

Portuguese national team has an 85% chance of the same success (odds 1.17).
If we talk about the chances of “La Celeste Olímpica” in the first place, then judging by the quotes of bookmakers, they are few. The probability of winning in the group is estimated at only 28%, with a coefficient of 3.2.


The national team of Uruguay will play in the final stage of the World Cup for 4 times in a row. And 3 times in a row, the team goes to the 1/8 finals. At the 2010 World Cup, the Uruguayans took 4th place, at the 2014 World Cup they lost in the 1/8 finals, at the 2018 World Cup they reached the quarterfinals. Given the current strength of the team, it is highly likely that the Uruguayans will be able to qualify from the group and do it quite easily. Still, the national teams of South Korea and Ghana are far from the teams that can cause problems for the strong Uruguayan team.

In the fight for 1st place in the group, it will be very difficult for Uruguay against the Portuguese, and the fate of leadership will most likely be decided in a face-to-face meeting. The way forward for the Uruguay national team will not be so easy, as the second-placed team in Group H will most likely face Brazil in the 1/8 finals. Thus, suppose that Uruguay will not go beyond the 1/8 finals at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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