Uruguay vs Japan: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds

Copa America 2019 Uruguay vs Japan
Uruguay vs Japan Copa America 2019, Arena do Grêmio, Group C

Uruguay face Japan on Friday for both team’s second group game of this year’s Copa America tournament, which is being played in Brazil.


Uruguay beat 10-man Ecuador 4-0 in their opening game in this year’s Copa America tournament, Nicolas Lodeiro started the rout in the sixth minute, Edison Cavani doubled the lead, before Luis Suarez made it three at the end of the first half. An Arturo Mina own goal put the icing on the four-nil cake in the second half, and should have made the bookies take notice.

Japan kick off their second appearance in the tournament on Monday night against holders Chile and warmed up for the competition by first drawing 0-0 with Trinidad &Tobago, then beating El Salvador 2-0. The Asian side first played in the 1999 Copa America in Paraguay, losing to Peru 3-2, then 4-0 to the hosts, before drawing 1-1 with Bolivia.

Uruguay went out during the group stage of the last edition of the Copa America. Finishing behind Mexico, and Venezuela, but ahead of Jamaica. The Celeste lost out at the quarter-final stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, losing 2-0 to eventual winners France.

Japan lost the final of the AFC Asian Cup 3-1 to Qatar in Abu Dhabi in January of this year. They topped a group that featured Uzbekistan, Oman, and Turkmenistan. They beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the first knock out round, then took care of Vietnam by a similar scoreline in the quarter-finals, before beating Iran 3-0 in the semis. A 2-1 win for Uruguay is well worth a shout.

Betting Tips

Both Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez have already got on the score sheet in the first game and will be out to add to their tally in this game.

There have been 36 goals scored in the seven previous meetings between these two nations.




Head to Head

These sides have met seven times before, the first of which was in 1985 during a Kirin Japan Cup match that the South Americans won 4-1. The next six fixtures were all friendly games, with Uruguay winning three of them, one draw and one win for Japan.


  • Uruguay have won just one of their last seven games in the Copa America, which was a 3-0 win over Jamaica in 2016.
  • Japan are unbeaten in their last three games and have only lost twice in their last 16 matches, going back to a 3-2 loss to Belgium in the 2018 World Cup group stage.
  • Uruguay have won the Copa America 15 times, the most any country has managed, and they will be hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since 2011.
  • Japan have only appeared in the Copa America once before, but have won the AFC Asian Cup on four occasions, the last of which was in 2011.

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