Uruguay is well aware of the shire importance of the upcoming encounter, as they are currently at 5th place in the rankings, sharing the same amount of points as their opponent in this one.
They played four matches so far in the World Cup qualification, successfully taking all three against Chile and Colombia, but unfortunately suffered two defeats against Ecuador and Brazil.
Overly looking, they showed a decent potential so far in the campaign and will definitely try their best to participate for the fourth consecutive time in the most important competition in the football world.
The hosts miss midfielder De Arrascaeta (26/3, Flamengo), Arambarri (4/0, Getafe) and Pereiro (10/4, Cagliari), as well as forwards Stuani (50/8, Girona), Gomez (19/3, Valencia) and Nunez (4/2, Benfica) compared to previous call-up.
Paraguay currently occupies the 4th spot in the rankings, being successful in taking all three only once against Venezuela, while taking only a point in matches against Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia.
They missed two previous World Cups, and are surely eager to continue their unbeaten momentum so far in the campaign, but it has to be said that they are in for quite a challenge in the upcoming encounter.
The guests can’t count on defenders Riveros (9/0, Brondby), Valdez (30/1, America), midfielders Rojas (28/0, Olimpia), Ortiz (22/0, Monterrey), and forwards Perez (40/2, Al-Ahli), Sanabria (21/1, Torino), Lezcano (20/4, Juarez), and Bobadilla (11/0, Fluminense) compared to previous call-ups.
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One way or the other
Even though the guests are looking slightly better so far in the campaign, they are traveling to Montevideo knowing that they haven’t won against their hosts in the last seven matches.
That fact alone is enough to give my support to Uruguay here, but honestly speaking, I am not expecting too much action in this one, as both sides are currently locked at six points, and will definitely approach cautiously, at least in my opinion.