It has been 364 days since the last time Uruguay geared up against Argentina and since that time not much has changed besides the fact that both associations have finally confirmed an inevitable joint bid for the 2030 World Cup. Uruguay is enjoying their traditional mid-qualifier slump and Argentina is scrambling to put a team together under the fresh guidance of a new coach, this time under Jorge Sampaoli. That’s right the same man who brought Chile to the promise land in the 2015 Copa America will now try to implement his influence on a struggling Argentina team who is looking to find some sort of form before the World Cup next summer. (Let’s be real here, they will be there whether we like it or not).

Uruguay’s most significant Clasico Win in recent times. A 5-4 Shootout win to eliminate the 2011 Copa America Hosts en-route to winning a 15th title.

Uruguay

Uruguay looking for their first clasico goal since their 3-2 Win over Argentina in 2013 has inserted TWO major changes into their lineup for tomorrow as reported by the Tabarez-loving press; that is no Arevalo Rios and no Maxi Pereira, instead we get Caceres at right-back with Gaston Silva returning at left-back and Boca’s Nathian Nandez sliding into the midfield. If Tabarez sticks to his usual ultra-defensive 4-4-2 that means either Tata Gonzalez or Nandez will be shifted more out wide to the right.  Meanwhile the absence of Maxi Pereira will mean Uruguay will have no-natural fullbacks on the field of play as the entire back four have been playing predominantly in center-back roles for their clubs this season. What looks somewhat impressive is Uruguay’s bench and the promise it can bring during the game if Tabarez decides to properly use it. Lemos, Pereiro and Valverde all who have been finally given their chance in the National Team show potential and life however it is key to note that had Abel Hernandez not been injured we would not have seen the inclusion of Gaston Pereiro. Finally we get some young blood however; the statistics will tell us another story as 14 of the 25 players in Tabarez’s squad are of the age of 30 or older. Lastly; Luis Suarez who was supposed to be out for up to a month has sped up his recovery and managed to get himself into the lineup after a knee injuiy suffered a couple weeks ago against Real Madrid. (Last time we saw this happen – See England game Brazil 2014).

Expectation: Pereiro gets subbed on in the Second Half to help Uruguay to victory.

Reality: Uruguay is losing 1-0 and Tabarez prepares his only change Nicolas Lodeiro.

 

Argentina

Uruguay need to brace themselves because we really don’t know what to expect from this Argentina team who are desperate for points. Sampaoli as he usually does will be expected to hit the ultra-attacking switch tonight. The front three of Messi, Dybala and Icardi will provide plently of troubles to Uruguay’s back four. Where Argentina can prove weak is in their tactical flexibility as the players are yet to fully grasp what Jorge Sampaoli truly wants from this side. Another point of attack for Uruguay will also be the back three and leaving spaces for Suarez and Cavani to create on the counter attack.  The Argentinian press is projecting a 3-4-1-2 from Sampaoli with either Fazio or Mascherano playing in the heart of the defence.

 In Conclusion…

The game overall will have a major impact on the outcome of the qualifiers as anywhere from 2nd place to 6th place is a toss up at the moment in CONMEBOL and after Chile was able to maintain the points from TAS things have become even more complicated and important meaning that teams cannot afford to slip into a run of poor results. The usual cutoff for a top 5 finish has been 23-25 points over recent qualifying campaigns however expect it to be 27-28 points this time around meaning Uruguay who have lost their last 5 games (Italy, Republic of Ireland, Peru, Brazil and Chile) need to find form fast. Otherwise we could be looking at another “repechaje”/playoff for La Celeste or even worse elimination from the World Cup. Before we get too negative we can look at a positive that a win against Argentina tonight will significantly increase Uruguay’s chances of qualifying. So let’s enjoy the game, comment and talk below as Uruguay is back in action!

Alessandro Viña Alessandro Viña 1 likes
jkmj
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Reading that Ovacion article inspired me to make my own starting line up for Russia. Goalkeeper, center backs, and forwards are obvious. The outstanding questions remain who joins Godin and Gimenez in the back, and who lines up directly in front of them. I think Caceres, should he remain healthy is a great option which leaves right back…This is legitimately tricky, becuase we have no one. Silva is eh and will probably end up being there, Federico Ricca is not a bad idea at all, in fact I’d like to see him play another game. However I would first try… Read more »
jkmj
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Subs: Capaña, M. Silva, Ricca/Olivera, G. Silva, Coates, Arevalo, Nandez, Sanchez, Laxalt, C. Rodriguez, Rolan, Stuani

jkmj
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Forgot about Torreira! Probably replace Cebolla with him. I just think it’d be dangerous to have our entire groups of midfielders made up of 21 year olds. There something to say about experience and leadership, which is why I’ve included Arevalo

NicoGF
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Caceres at left back is a weak full back offensively. If you want more attack put caceres on the right and olaza on the left! In my opinion, alex silva from peñarol is a good choice for right back. As left back i like espino from nacional. Local league players who could have something to offer in that position we lack “full-backs” who can actually attack and defend the whole game.

sad
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As he starts playing more with sampdoria I want to see Ramirez getting some chances for Uruguay

sad
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Also Mauro arambarri playing well for getafe .scored a cracker last week

AussieCeleste
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The frustration for me is that the old man takes two steps forward mixed with two steps back. Everybody knows that there is the skeleton of a good defence (Godin, Caceres, Gimenez). Everybody knows that Suarez and Cavani is a superb attack. The issue is obviously the midfield and Mono Pereira. But the solutions exist. I don’t really get OWT’s fascination with Nahitan Nandez, but it’s still better than Cebolla or Tata or Arevalo Rios. I think that the key in Russia is going to be to play with Valverde and Vecino in central midfield with either De Arrascaeta or… Read more »
NicoGF
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Podcast coming up this sat, say topic ideas pls 🙂 here or in the offtopic

sad
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so the old man delivers again Vamos Uruguay

NicoGF
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Did tata score a brace and i missed it!? 🙁

sad
Member

Nice wit nico ! He he

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