Following their dramatic 1-0 victory over Egypt, Uruguay are looking to secure qualification into the knock out stages which they will automatically get should the defeat Saudi Arabia this Wednesday.
Although on paper, the Asian representative might be a lesser opponent compared to The Pharaohs, but Oscar Tabarez’s men still need improve their game if they are to secure all three points.
La Celeste’s poor play in the final third along with finishing, might be the main areas Tabarez is keen on fixing as they will surely need to do better up front this time around.
Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will still be Uruguay’s main pairing up front and they must show an improvement over their performance compared to what they did in the first game.
Saudi themselves acknowledge that they are going to be the underdog again, but the Asian side will work hard at least not conceding too many goals just like what happened to them against Russia.
Nevertheless, Juan Antonio Pizzi remain hopeful that his side still have that small chance in keeping their World Cup hope alive at least until the final match day.
It certainly will be difficult to stop or even shock Uruguay if The Green Falcons doesn’t make any improvement in their game since on paper, La Celeste are a stronger side than Russia that beat Saudi 5-0.
Probable starting line up:
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera(g); Guillermo Varela, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodriguez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.
Saudi Arabia: Mohammed Alowais(g); Mohammed Alburayk, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Albulayhi, Yasser Alshahrani; Salem Aldawsari, Abdullah Otayf, Salman Alfaraj, Taiseer Aljassam, Yahia Alshehri; Fahad Almuwallad.