Liverpool and four other clubs enjoying Olympic upsets

Luis Suarez was the best performer for disappointing Uruguay

Spain, Uruguay and Switzerland fell woefully short of expectations at London 2012, not that these sides will complain...

"Liverpool are short of options for their front three at present, so a speedy return for star forward Luis Suarez will be gratefully received."

With Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez and - most suspect - Andy Carroll off, Liverpool are short of options for their front three at present, so a speedy return for star forward Luis Suarez will be gratefully received. Given the interest in Daniel Agger, the 1.341/3 top-four chasers' other Uruguayan, Sebastian Coates, could come in handy too.

Athletic Bilbao provided as many players for a rare unsuccessful Spain squad, but Champions League favourites Barcelona donated the one who started every Euro 2012 game too, as well as 50 Valencia matches last season: new left back Jordi Alba. A draining 12 months still threatens to wreck his attempts to settle in swiftly, though the impact should be less severe.

The Blues are signing so many attacking midfielders that they could probably survive a few weeks without Juan Mata. However, the Spanish playmaker and team-mate Oriel Romeu will be cheerfully welcomed home by the 6.25/1 Premier League contenders after a dismal tournament in which the second favourites failed to score.

A controversial pick perhaps as the only club on this list to contribute just one player, but the man that they sent to London, Edinson Cavani, is the most important in a side talking up their chances of challenging for top spot in Serie A at 14.5. Less encouraging for their bid was the poor quality of Cavani's performances for Uruguay.

The surprise 2008/09 Bundesliga champions have conducted a strong summer transfer campaign which suggests that they could fight for a Champions League spot at 3.45. The return of first-choice goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and left back Ricardo Rodriguez following Switzerland's disappointing showing can only enhance their prospects.

The full list of early evacuators reads: Uruguay, UAE, Gabon, Switzerland, Belarus, New Zealand, Morocco and Spain. Brazil are 1.625/8 gold-medal favourites, with Great Britain next up at 9.617/2.

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