Fifa 2018 World Cup: Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia
Uruguay will be looking to cement their passage to the round of 16.
After an unconvincing showing against Egypt who they narrowly defeated by a very late goal, they will fancy their chances against a Saudi Arabia side who were decent against hosts, Russia….yet lost by a 5 goals to 0 margin.
Saudi Arabia will have to be very disciplined and compact, to get anything out of this game.
Hopefully, we will be entertained as the case has been for the most part from the onset of the 2018 World Cup.
Players to watch out for remain the usual suspects.
Uruguay: Godin, Jiménez, Suárez and Cavani
Saudi Arabia: Al Sahlawi
It will be really tough for Saudi Arabia to leave this game with a point. However I do not expect a repeat of the 5-0 pummelling they received at the hands of Russia.
Prediction Uruguay 3-1 Saudi Arabia (feeling a tad too generous)
Complete squad for both sides.
Uruguay 23 man Squad
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente).
Defenders: Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez (both Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Martin Caceres (Lazio), Guillermo Varela (Penarol).
Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey).
Forwards: Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Luis Suarez (Barcelona).
Saudi Arabia 23 man Squad
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais, Yasser Al-Mosailem (both Al Ahli), Abdullah Al-Mayoof (Al Hilal).
Defenders: Mansour Al-Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasir Al Shahrani, Mohammed Alburyak (both Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Othman (Al Nassr), Ali Albulayhi (Al Hilal).
Midfielders: Abdullah Alkhaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri, Abdullah Ateef (both Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassam, Hussain Al-Mogahwi (both Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hatan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr).
Forwards: Mohammed Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Mohannad Aseri (Al Ahli), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad).