On Thursday, Uruguay’s participation in the 2022 World Cup begins with an exciting matchup against Heung-min Son and South Korea. Portugal and Ghana are the other two teams in Group H, with Uruguay seen as the favorite to advance along with Cristiano Ronaldo and company. The rise of Napoli center back Min-Jae Kim, who has been a star in his debut season in Italy but missed the 2018 edition of the cup due to injury, has made South Korea a team to watch two decades after their semifinal run.
How to watch and odds
Date: November 24, 8 a.m. ET
Location: Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar
TV: FS1 and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Uruguay -127; Draw +235; South Korea +390 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Uruguay: This national team is moving in a new direction, even though there are still some of the seasoned veterans like 36-year-old Diego Godin, 35-year-old Martin Caceres, 35-year-old Luis Suarez, and 35-year-old Edinson Cavani. One of the best players in the world is Real Madrid’s Fede Valverde, Darwin Nunez is a young striker trying to make a name for himself on the international stage, and Facundo Torres and Facundo Pellistri are rising stars.But the central defensive midfield position, which Uruguayans take very seriously, is one to watch. Manuel Ugarte, a rising star for Sporting Lisbon, is anticipated to fill the position given his outstanding tackling prowess and restrained aggression. This team can go a very, very long way if he can be that vital cog in the middle to safeguard an ailing defense.
South Korea: After the Tottenham star sustained a fracture near his left eye earlier this month, all eyes will be on Son’s health. He is anticipated to play and is on the team, which is enormous for a player who carries the weight of the entire country. South Korea has a decent chance of winning this game thanks to his propensity for creating opportunities for himself, especially up against an active Uruguayan defense. They would make fantastic stage actors with him. Without him, they will probably have finished the group stage.
Nunez scores a perfectly placed goal inside the box with one touch after coming off the bench to give Uruguay the victory. Pick: South Korea 1, Uruguay 2.