Uruguay vs Trinidad and Tobago:
Date: Friday, 28-May-2016,
Kick-off: 00:10 GMT,
Venue: Estadio Centenario (Montevideo).
Uruguay will be starting their preparations for Copa America Centenario by hosting Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly at Estadio Centenario, Montevideo on Saturday morning.
Uruguay were knocked out in the quarter finals of the Copa America last year by hosts Chile. And their head-coach Oscar Tabarez will be hoping a better performance from his men this time. The core of his squad still remains the same, with Barcelona striker Luis Suarez taking the captain’s armband for the Centenario tournament in USA.
Trinidad and Tobago were comprehensively beaten by Peru 4-0 in their last warm up game. Stephen Hart tutored side is 53 in the FIFA world ranking, but they hardly come across quality opponents very often. They have won just twice in the last 6 matches, but both came against a lowly Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Uruguay: Team News
Los Charruas head coach Oscar Tabarez has confirmed the 23 man squad for the Copa America showdown in U.S.A, but many of his key players are still on club duty. Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez are still part of Atletico Madrid squad, who will play the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday.
Luis Suarez has joined the squad only on Wednesday and he is likely to watch the match from the sidelines.
Sebastian Coates and Martin Caceres are both injured, with Coates likely to miss the finals in USA and Gaston Silva has been called up as his replacement.
Trinidad & Tobago: Team News
Stephen Hart is expected to make a number of changes after watching his side suffered a heavy defeat against Peru last time out. Kenwyne Jones, Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones, Trevin Caesar, Mekeil Williams and Sheldon Bateau are all away on club duty.
Uruguay vs Trinidad and Tobago: Head-to-Head Stats
- The teams have never met each other for an official friendly match.
- Uruguay are on a 3 match unbeaten run, with 2 wins and a draw.
- Uruguay have kept a clean sheet in their last three home matches.
- T&T’s 4-0 defeat to Peru on Tuesday was their first away loss in 7 matches.
Uruguay vs Trinidad and Tobago: Prediction
Uruguay are heavy favourites to win this match despite missing the likes of Suarez and Godin. Looking at Los Charrus’ current form and the quality of players in their line-up, T&T could fall to another heavy defeat on Saturday.
Uruguay are very likely to score 2 or more goals here and they could be backed with confidence to keep a clean sheet. My prediction for this game is a 3-0 win for the home side.
Best Bet: Half Time/Full Time – Uruguay/Uruguay @ 1.57 (Ladbrokes)
Recommended Bet: Handicap Uruguay(-2) @ 2.25 (Ladbrokes)