Uruguay Predicted Lineup vs Portugal for World Cup Group H Clash

Members of Uruguay predicted lineup in training

Uruguay kickstarted their World Cup with a 0-0 draw against South Korea. They will be facing group leaders Portugal in their next group stage match. Last Word on Sports predicts Uruguay’s lineup and looks at their recent form heading into this fixture.

Uruguay Predicted Lineup vs Portugal

How Uruguay Have Lined-Up Recently

Diego Alonso’s side lined up in a 4-3-3 formation as they have done so in recent months. They are expected to lineup in a similar fashion against Portugal as well. Sergio Rochet starts in goal for the second World Cup match in a row. The backline is expected to be the same, with former Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin captaining the side.

The highly rated duo of Rodrigo Bentancur and Federico Valverde start in the midfield, as in the first match. Valencia striker Edinson Cavani replaces Luis Suarez in the starting lineup. Darwin Nunez and Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellistri keep their places in the side after a strong showing against the South Koreans.

Uruguay Injuries to Consider

Barcelona star Ronald Araujo is the only injury concern for Alonso. He is not expected to be involved as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury, although Uruguay are hopeful he’ll be available if they qualify for the knockout stages.

Uruguay Recent Form and Tactics

La Celeste lacked quality throughout the pitch as they battled to a 0-0 draw in the opener. However, they will take inspiration from the fact that they beat the Portuguese in the quarterfinals of the previous editon of the World Cup. “Portugal have a very good squad, they have excellent players, they have a wonderful coach with wide experience,” added Alonso. “That makes them a dangerous team. On the other hand, we also have our own weapons. We will try to win, we will bring our A game.”

The Uruguayans have a no-nonsense, direct style of play. They will rely heavily on Darwin Nuñez’s pace to make runs behind the opposition defense. Nuñez and Pellistri will no doubt try to exploit the injury concerns in the Portuguese backline. Additionally, Joao Cancelo’s attacking desire also makes him a target during counter-attacks.

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On the other hand, Valverde has evolved into the ultimate box-to-box midfielder. He will lead the press as La Celeste aim to pressure the Portuguese defenders and win the ball high up the pitch. Him and Bentancur will also play a key role in winning the midfield battle and protecting the backline. Alonso would have been happy with his team’s defensive performance against South Korea, but neutralizing the star studded Portugal attack is no mean feat.

Uruguay Predicted Lineup

The predicted lineup is as follows:

GK – Sergio Rochet

LB – Mathias Olivera

CB – Diego Godin

CB – Jose Gimenez

RB – Martin Caceres

CM – Rodrigo Bentancur

CM – Federico Valverde

CAM – Matias Vecino

LW – Darwin Nunez

ST – Edinson Cavani

RW – Facundo Pellistri

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