Uruguay vs Japan Prediction & Betting Tips

In the second round of Copa America and in Group C, Uruguay are playing Japan. The match is taking place at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre and Uruguay are huge favorites. Is that role justified? Find out in the Uruguay vs Japan prediction and betting tips!

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We’ll start this Uruguay vs Japan prediction by saying that Uruguay are one of the biggest favorites for winning the Copa America 2019 trophy. The reason is that they’re powerful in every single part of the game. Obviously, their attack, with Suarez and Cavani, seems like their most lethal weapon, but this team has players in other positions that are almost equally good as the two strikers.

And considering that other favorites have started their Copa America campaign in a not too impressive manner (Argentina lost to Colombia; Brazil played 0:0 with Venezuela), Uruguay’s chances for winning the title seem pretty good at the moment.

Another reason why this team could win the trophy is that they’ve been in a very good form in recent times. They’ve won all of the four matches they played in 2019, allowing no goals along the way. In the first round of the tournament, they hammered Ecuador 4:0, with three different players scoring and three different players making an assist. What this shows is that Uruguay is much more than a squad of excellent players – it’s a powerful team with amazing chemistry between the players.

They’re expected to do something similar against Japan, a team that’s made up of very young and inexperienced players. Uruguay’s engine, on the other hand, is powered by experienced over-30-year-olds.


The team that reached the final of the Asian Cup a few months ago has been drastically changed since. There are 16 players in this squad who hadn’t played a single match for Japan national team before the start of this tournament. Most of them are in their early twenties, although there are also a couple of teenagers. These players mostly play in the Japanese domestic leagues, including not only the top flight, but also the Japanese second tier, as well as college clubs.

And that’s why no one can blame Japan for not being able to get anything out of the game with Chile. They got hammered 4:0, which was expected. Still, they did have their fair amount of chances in that game. This team had 13 goal attempts, which is only two less than Chile. Unfortunately for Japan, none of those attempts on goal was successful.

But, maybe this time it’s going to be different? What do Uruguay vs Japan betting tips say? Well, considering how powerful Uruguay are at the back, no one with a sane mind can recommend betting on Japan to score. On the contrary, it seems like Uruguay are going to keep another clean sheet.

Possible Lineups


Muslera – Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Laxalt – Vecino, Bentancur, Nandez, Lodeiro – Suarez, Cavani


Osako – Ueda, Tomiyasu, Hara, Sugioka – Shibasaki, Nakayama, Maeda, Nakajima – Kubo, Ueda

Uruguay vs Japan Prediction

Can Japan cause an upset and get at least a point against Uruguay? The answer is: NO! Uruguay are just way better team than Japan. Even if Japan were playing with their very best XI, Uruguay would’ve been favorites anyway. A big win is expected here, probably with Uruguay keeping a clean sheet. They’re also expected to get the job done early on, so betting on Uruguay at the half time is also a smart option.

Uruguay vs Japan Betting Tips

  • Uruguay -2.5 (Asian Handicap) @2.50 (Unibet)
  • HT-FT Uruguay-Uruguay @1.62 (bwin)

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