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Uruguay v Colombia: Prediction, Tips and Odds

The second Copa America semi-final takes place on Wednesday night as Uruguay and Colombia go head-to-head in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the winner set to face Argentina in the final at the weekend.

Uruguay won all three of their group stage games and then overcame Brazil in the quarter-finals, while Colombia finished ahead of the Selecao in the group stages and then crushed Panama 5-0 in their own last-eight tie to secure their spot in the last four.

Uruguay v Colombia

Uruguay v Colombia betting tips and predictions

Both teams to score - 21/20

This should be an incredibly close game and that is reflected in the odds, with the draw the shortest price in the match result market and both teams rated at 10/11 to qualify.

Uruguay are unbeaten at the Copa and going back further they have just one defeat in their last 12 games, a loss to Ivory Coast in a friendly.

Los Cafeteros are also unbeaten in the USA and they are on a sensational 27-game unbeaten run stretching back to early 2022, so there is a good chance that extra-time and penalties may be required to decide a winner.

The standout bet is perhaps the 21/20 on offer for both teams to score.

La Celeste’s success at the Copa America has been in part due to their incredible defence, as they have only conceded one goal so far - a late consolation effort from Panama in the group stages.

However, coach Marcelo Bielsa has to shuffle his pack here as two of his four first-choice defenders are unavailable - with Ronald Araujo injured and Nahitan Nandez suspended.

Even if Uruguay were at full strength it would still have been a big ask to shut out Colombia’s impressive attack, as they have scored 11 goals across their four games at the tournament so far.

Uruguay have been in good scoring form themselves with nine goals in the tournament, so both sides clearly carry enough of an attacking threat to make a breakthrough inside normal time.

These sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw when they last met in a World Cup qualifier in October 2023 in Barranquilla and it wouldn't be a surprise to see a similar result in this Copa America semi-final tie.

James Rodriguez to score or assist - 13/8

James Rodriguez has been sensational for Colombia over the course of the tournament as the Sao Paulo attacker has one goal and five assists across his four games, only failing to make a goal contribution in the 1-1 group stage draw with Brazil, a game in which he hit the crossbar.

The former Porto and Real Madrid man has been directly involved in over half of Colombia’s Copa America goals and he looks the standout bet to either provide an assist or get on the scoresheet himself.

Rodriguez scored and had two assists against Panama in the last round and will be on spot-kick duties on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old also scored the last time these two sides met as he opened the scoring in Barranquilla, so there is a good chance that yet again Rodriguez will be Colombia’s key attacking threat as they battle for a place in the final. 

Jose Gimenez to be booked - 11/5

Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez should be one of the two replacements in the Uruguay backline and he looks a likely contender for a booking.

Gimenez had five yellow cards in just 22 La Liga games for Atleti last season and was also booked twice in the Champions League.

The 29-year-old is averaging 1.3 fouls-per-game at the Copa America across three appearances, despite playing for just 151 minutes in total.

That means Gimenez is averaging over 2.3 fouls per 90 mins in the tournament and the Uruguay defence should be in for a busy night against Colombia’s slick attack - so take Gimenez to end up in the referee’s notebook.

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Uruguay v Colombia odds

Uruguay - 15/8
Draw -
Colombia -

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