Uruguay's quality to shine through
Uruguay's quality to shine through

Uruguay will prove to have too much quality for the Republic of Ireland when they meet in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Both countries are looking to get some ideal preparation in ahead of crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers, with Uruguay facing two international friendlies in the space of three days.

The clash in Ireland is followed by an away trip to Italy before Oscar Tabarez's men then play host to Argentina, who are sitting fifth in their qualifying group, at the end of August in a qualifier.

La Celeste, who have lost their last three matches - against Chile, Brazil and Peru - will still be confident of picking up a morale-boosting victory at the Aviva Stadium against an opposition that are under strength.

The visitors have Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, who has scored 38 international goals from 91 appearances, in their squad while Diego Rolan is also pushing for a start, having bagged nine times in Ligue 1 this season.

Uruguay have scored in their last seven outings, with 26 goals being witnessed in those matches, and backing more than 2.5 goals at n/a looks to provide good value.

The previous meeting between the two teams ended in a 3-2 win for the South American outfit, with Cavani getting on the scoresheet in that contest at the Aviva Stadium, strengthening claims there should be plenty of goals.

However, there is still hope for the ROI as they will not have to face the likes of Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, Hull City striker Abel Hernandez and Middlesbrough midfielder Gaston Ramirez, who would have added considerable quality.

Uruguay's defence has looked shaky in recent games, conceding nine times in their last three, and the Irish will be hoping the bustling centre-forward play of Newcastle United's Daryl Murphy can create some opportunities.

West Brom winger James McClean also has an eye for goal, having found the back of the net eight times for his country, and he could be a decent shout to score at anytime in the match.

An inexperienced back-line could be a big problem for Martin O'Neill, with his seven recognised defenders amassing just 47 caps between them, and Derby County's Richard Keogh has 17 of those.

Looking at the overall strength of both squads ahead of their second meeting, it is definitely Uruguay who appear to have the edge and the safe bet would be to back the visitors to win at n/a.

Recommended Bet: More than 2.5 goals at n/a

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