Brazil host Uruguay in the fifth round of South American World Cup 2018 qualifying match at Itaipava Arena in Pernambuco.
Brazil are currently fourth in the table with 7 points, while Uruguay are second with 9 points. The result of the match will be significant before the teams go into the sixth round of qualifiers on 29th March 2016.
The match also witness the return of Luiz Suarez to Uruguay national team since his suspension for biting incident in the match against Italy at World Cup Brazil 2014.
Brazil fell to an unexpected 2-0 defeat against Chile in the opening match of the qualifying round but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Venezuela in the second match. This was followed by a 1-1 draw with arch rivals Argentina and a 3-0 win over Peru.
• Since their elimination from Copa America in Chile, Brazil have lost only once in six matches.
• Brazil are unbeaten in their last three matches and scored at least a goal in last six matches.
• Brazil are on a three match win-streak at home and have a kept a clean sheet in two of them.
Uruguay have won three and lost one in the qualifying stages so far and kept a clean sheet in three of them. The defeat came against Ecuador by 2-1, who are currently unbeaten and leading the table with 13 points after five matches.
• Uruguay won 4 of their last 6 matches and kept clean sheets in all of those matches they won.
• In qualifying stage, they have scored 10 goals so far and conceded just 1.
• Their away form in last four matches read 2 wins and 2 defeats, with 3 goals scored against 3 conceded.
Brazil vs Uruguay: Head-to-Head Stats
Brazil hold a healthy head-to-head record against Uruguay, after winning in 8 of the 15 matches between them. Uruguay have just 4 wins against Brazil, while 3 were draws.
The Selecao are unbeaten in their last 7 matches against Uruguay, with the last 4 being wins. The last four matches between the sides have seen over 2.5 goals.
Brazil: Team News
Carlos Dunga have decided to drop PSG duo Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura for the matches against Uruguay and Paraguay.
Liverpool striker Firmino is withdrawn from the squad due to injury and Benfica’s Jonas Oliveira has been called up as replacement.
Philippe Coutinho has been recalled after recovering from injury and David Luis returns after serving his suspension.
There is plenty of fire-power in their attack led by Barcelona ace Neymar, who has Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa and Chelsea’s Willian as support.
Brazil Expected Starting Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)
Alisson – David Luiz, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Alves – Luiz Gustavo, Renato Agusto, Fernandinho – Costa, Willian, Neymar.
Uruguay: Team News
Uruguay will be bolstered by the return of Luiz Suarez after missing from the national squad for almost two years. But head-coach Óscar Tabárez has plenty of head-aches after missing a number of players through injury and suspension in their defense department.
Captain Diego Godin is injured, even though he is carrying a one-match ban, while his partner Maxi Pereira is suspended. Two more defenders, Atletico Madrid’s Jose Maria Gimenez and Getafe stopper Emiliano Velazquez are also ruled out through injury.
Manchester United youngster Guillermo Varela has earned his first call-up, while Mauricio Victorino of club Nacional is a late addition to cover for the injuries.
Uruguay: Expected Staring Eleven (4-4-2 Formation)
Muslera – Coates, Fucile, Alvaro Pereira, Victorino – Arevalo Rios, Alvaro Gonzalez, Carlos Sanchez, Diego Laxalt – Cavani, Suarez.
Brazil vs Uruguay: Prediction
Oscar Tabarez is likely to deploy a strong defensive tactic vary of the threat of Neymar, Willian and Costa and much of their attacking movements rely on Suarez and his direct runs. Moreover, the defensive midfield combination of Arevalo Rios and Alvaro Gonzalez could give a tough time to Neymar and co.
Brazil are strong favourites to win this one considering the defensive crisis Uruguay are having at the moment. Also, the Selecao have a good record against Los Charrúas in recent meetings.
But goals are least expected and we are likely to see under 2.5 goals. However Brazil hold the edge and they could win this by a narrow margin.