Uzbekistan vs Uruguay
Date: Friday, 22 March 2019
Kick-Off at 11:35 UK / 12:35 CET
Venue: Guangxi Sports Center Stadium (Nanning).
Uruguay start their title defense quest at China Cup with the semi-final tie against Uzbekistan on Friday afternoon at Guangxi Sports Center Stadium in Nanning. La Celeste will thus take advantage of the new edition of China Cup as final preparation for the upcoming Copa America this summer.
The head coach Oscar Tabarez will have to rely on Christian Szuani in the final third here as his main predators Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez will both skip this international break through injuries. La Celeste generally struggled for creativity in the final third in their latest set of friendlies in November last year when lost to both Brazil and France with the same 1-0 scoreline.
Uzbekistan will be a much easier opposition and South Americans have to be considered heavy favourites even without two key men up front here.
Uzbekistan vs Uruguay: Head-to-head
The two teams played each other in a friendly before the World Cup in Russia last year when Uruguay celebrated an easy 3-0 victory.
This will only be the second head to head encounter between the two outfits.
Uzbekistan vs Uruguay: Prediction
Uzbekistan featured their respective continental competition in January. They went beyond the group stage thanks to opening two wins over Oman and Turkmenistan. Nevertheless, Hector Cuper’s men were denied by Australia in the last 16 round (on penalties) even though they offered a strong resistance holding Socceroos to a goalless draw in the regular time of the affair.
The quality is by far on Uruguay’s side and it is hard to expect anything else but a confident victory for the South American outfit here. Tabarez has the full defensive line-up on disposal, featuring Atletcio Madrid’s center-back pair Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez.
Uzbekistan will thus face serious troubles creating goal scoring opportunities in the final third here. Since Uruguay are also without their two top scorers, the value is huge in backing the Under 2.5 goals FT pick at the odds of 2.15.
Uzbekistan vs Uruguay: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.15 (23/20)
Both Teams To Score – NO @ 1.61 (8/13).