Uruguay will face Saudi Arabia on Wednesday at the Rostov Arena to contest the third fixture of Group A, and La Celeste will be looking to capitalise on their win against Egypt with another three points.
The South American side – featuring an array of talent in Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez – were far from their best in their opening fixture but a victory against Saudi Arabia will massively help their chances of progressing through to the last 16 ahead of Egypt.
Saudi Arabia got their World Cup tournament started in the worst possible way after suffering a 5-0 defeat at the hands of host nation Russia, sinking them to bottom in their group. They would need to win both of their remaining games against Egypt and Uruguay – a tough feat – if they want any chance of making it out of their group.
Here’s all you need to know about the Group A fixture.
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Muslera, Silva, Campana|
|Defenders||Godin, Coates, Gimenez, Pereira, Silva, Caceres, Varela|
|Midfielders||Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Valverde, Bentancur, Sanchez, De Arrascaeta, Laxalt, Rodriguez, Urretaviscaya, Lodeiro, Ramirez|
|Forwards||Stuani, Gomez, Cavani, Suarez|
Suarez was far from his best against Egypt but will still surely start for his side. Gimenez’s late winner may have Oscar Tabarez retaining the same starting lineup.
Potential Uruguay XI: Muslera; Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Varela; Arrascaeta, Vecino, Betancur, Nandez; Cavani, Suarez
|Position||Saudi Arabia players|
|Goalkeepers||Al Owais, Al Mosailem, Al Mayouf|
|Defenders||Al Harbi, Al Shahrani, Al Breik, Hawsawi, Hawsawi, Hawsawi, Al Bulaihi|
|Midfielders||Al Khaibari, Al Khaibri, Otayf, Al Jassim, Al Mogahwi, Al Faraj, Kanno, Bahebri, Al Dawsari, Al Shehri, Al Muwallad|
|Forwards||Al Sahlawi, Assiri|
Juan Antonio Pizzi would be keen on making a slew of changes after his side lost 5-0 to Russia, though is limited in choice.
Potential Saudi Arabia XI: Al-Mayoof; Al-Burayk, Hawsawi, Hawaswi, Shahrani; Otayf; Shehri, Jassam, Faraj, Dawsari; Sahlawi
Betting & Match Odds
A win for Uruguay has dabblebet offering odds of 1/6. A Saudi Arabia victory is deemed to be a 20/1 shot and a draw is available at 6/1.
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Uruguay and Egypt were favourites to make it out of their group but Russia’s surprising battering of Saudi Arabia has made the Pharoahs’ chances of progressing far less likely.
Uruguay had the benefit of facing Egypt without the injured Mohamed Salah, but even that advantage didn’t seem to spike any sort of urgency of play as they had to rely on a 89th-minute winner to seal the game.
Saudi Arabia are seen as weak opposition following their 5-0 loss to Russia and a win against them would boost Uruguay’s confidence ahead of a hopeful spot in the last 16. Saudi Arabia are to face arguably the strongest team in their group on Wednesday which boasts the likes of Suarez and Cavani.
The Barcelona forward, however, was far from his best as he failed to truly challenge the Egypt goalkeeper and was left frustrated with clear-cut goal-scoring chances, though his inability to make his mark against the Pharaohs could increase his motivation ahead of the Saudi Arabia fixture.
The Green Falcons were vulnerable with their set-pieces and crosses into the box, and the Uruguay team will be looking to capitalise on their physical strength and technical ability that is superior to that of the Russians – and head into the fixture as massive favourites.
Uruguay are also buoyed by their strong defensive back-line in Diego Godin and Gimenez, whereas Saudi Arabia are without obvious attacking threats and options.
Saudi Arabia would need to win both their games against Uruguay and Egypt if they want to progress to the last 16, though that feat seems unlikely.
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