Uruguay vs. Colombia Preview: Odds, Props, Expert Analysis

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Uruguay vs. Colombia Preview: Odds, Props, & Expert Analysis

Uruguay (+185) will attempt to end Colombia’s 27-game unbeaten streak when the teams meet in the Copa America semifinals on Wednesday. La Celeste finished top of their group with a 100% winning record, and they then beat the mighty Brazil on penalties in the quarterfinals. The players now face a stern test against an outstanding Colombia team, which has odds of +190 to win this game in Copa America betting.

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Uruguay vs. Colombia player props

Uruguay might have to keep Rodríguez quiet to win this game

James Rodríguez has been Colombia’s best player at this tournament. He has provided five assists in four games so far, and he also scored in the team’s 5-0 victory over Panama in the quarterfinals. The veteran playmaker starts on the right side of Colombia’s attack, so Uruguay left-back Matías Viña could be in for a busy evening. He will need help from midfielder Federico Valverde, and that duo could lead their team to victory if they double up on Rodríguez and nullify his attacking threat.

Colombia’s forwards must remain ruthless in front of goal

Colombia had just seven shots on goal against Panama in the last round, but five of them found the back of the net. Los Cafeteros have been ruthless in front of goal at Copa America, and they are now the top-scoring team of the tournament. Their 27-game unbeaten streak stretches back to February 2022, and that is largely down to their clinical finishing. Uruguay boasts a stubborn defense, so Colombia’s forwards must remain ruthlessly efficient in front of goal in this game.

Uruguay expected starting 11

Sergio Rochet will start in goal for Uruguay. La Celeste will be missing two key defenders. Right-back Nahitan Nández was sent off against Brazil, and he will be suspended, while Ronald Araújo suffered a nasty injury. Sebastián Cáceres and José Giménez could come into the defense to replace them, starting alongside Mathías Olivera and Matías Viña. Manuel Ugarte and Federico Valverde will play in midfield, with Facundo Pellistri, Nicolá de la Cruz, and Maximilian Araújo behind Darwin Núñez in attack.

Colombia expected starting 11

Colombia could stick with the same team that thumped Panama in the quarterfinals. Camilo Vargas will start in goal, and Daniel Muñoz, Davinson Sánchez, Carlos Cuesta, and Johan Mojica will form the back four. Richard Ríos, Mateus Uribe, and Jhon Arias play in midfield, while James Rodríguez now plays on the right of Colombia’s attack, with Liverpool forward Luis Díaz on the left and Jhon Córdoba down the middle.

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