CONMEBOL Big Match Preview: Uruguay vs Brazil
Uruguay vs Brazil Match Preview.
The CONMEBOL table toppers are set to lock horns in the most entertaining and mouth-watering fixture of the round on Thursday evening in the Uruguayan capital.
Both the South American heavy weights are looking to tactically outclass each other, provided Oscar Tabarez`s men have been rock solid at their back in their own backyard where they kept six clean sheets in a row before the 2-1 win against Ecuador in the last home match and Tite`s defensive set up did not leak a single goal in five consecutive matches, including the friendly against Columbia in January this year, and they ran havoc against their arch rival Argentina and Peru after their convincing victories of 3-0 and 2-0 respectively.
Date/Time: – Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Kick off at 23:00 UK/ 00:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Centenario in Montevideo
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)
On TV: beIn Sports, Sony ESPN
Team News: – Luis Suarez`s absence due to suspension will be a huge setback for the home team, that assures Edison Cavani will be spearheading the attack, the PSG attacker has been in blistering form this season after netting 37 goals in 37 games for the French side. Star men Jose Maria Gimenez and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera are also ruled out.
The Samba boys will miss their wonder kid Gabriel Jesus who is yet to recover from the injury he suffered after joining Manchester City. Palmeiras’ Dudu has been called as a replacement of Bayern Munich`s winger Douglas Costa and is expected to start from the bench.
Liverpool`s attacking duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are vying for a place in the starting line-up and Chelsea`s Willian is set to compete for a start as well.
Last meeting : – Uruguay came back from a 2-0 deficit and drew 2-2 , with goals from Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez when they met on March 25 of last year on Matchday 5
Predicted Line Up:-
Uruguay- Martin Silva, Maxi Pereira, Sebastian Coates, Diego Godin, Gaston Silva, Carlos Sanchez, Egidio Arevalo, Matias Vecino Falero, Cristian Rodriguez, Edinson Cavani, Diego Rolan
Brazil – Alisson, Daniel Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda (captain), Marcelo; Casemiro; Paulinho, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Roberto Firmino.