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Preview: Portugal vs. Uruguay- Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Portugal will take on Uruguay on Monday to decide who will certainly qualify for the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup. Fernando Santos’s side recorded a 3-2 victory over Ghana in their tournament opening match on Thursday night, while Uruguay had a goalless draw with South Korea earlier in the same day.
Where: Lusail stadium

When: Monday at 7 pm (GMT)

Fifa rankings: Portugal 9, Uruguay 13

Match Preview

Portugal will be hoping to exact revenge for their elimination from the 2018 World Cup when they face Uruguay, who knocked them out of the Round of 16 in Russia. This time, the two sides faced each other in the group stage and both entered the match with a chance to break through the rankings.

Uruguay had a disappointing opening match though they improved in the second half, with Real Madrid star Fefe Valverde showing just what an exceptional player he has evolved. Portugal will likely play at a higher tempo than their South American opponents and we should expect Fernando Santos’s men to have better ball control. Perhaps there may be some interest in favor of Portugal conceding in the second half and the majority of games at this World Cup scoring more goals in the second 45 minutes.

Five of Portugal’s last seven goals conceded came after the break, while Uruguay scored in the second half in three of the four World Cup qualifiers coached by coach Diego Alonso. Forward Goncalo Ramos understands Portugal faces a big test when they face Diego Alonso’s men in their second Group H match at Lusail Stadium

“They are very strong and dangerous,” Ramos stated. “[Diego] Godín is a great player, but picking out individuals in a team with so much quality, it’s not worth it.”

Ramos continues: “I think a team with our quality has to be the favorite in any game. A draw? We don’t look at any game thinking about a draw.”

Team News

Portugal

Portugal vs. Uruguay- Prediction, PortugalSource: khelknow

Thankfully, Portugal has not reportedly any injury from their encounter with Ghana, but manager Santos probably make an adjustment from the side that took the field last time out.

Actually, the European representative had greater control when William Carvalho was set early in the second half, and Joan Felix tended to support Ronaldo in the final third of the match. Head coach Santos may bring in Diogo Dalot and shift Joan Cancelo across to left-back, but Raphael Guerreiro is considered to keep his spot for the squad’s second match of the clash.

Uruguay

Portugal vs. Uruguay- Prediction, UruguaySource: canalshowsport

Ronald Araujo’s fitness has not been confirmed yet, with the center-back included in the team despite undergoing thigh surgery last September.

The Barcelona defender is once again expected to be absent here, so Caceres should join Godin, Jose Gimenez, and Mathias Olivera at the back, with Matias Vecino joining Valverde and Rodrigo Bentancur in midfield. Cavani is the obvious choice for the typical squad, but Suarez is once again expected to be set from the start, with Darwin Nunez and Facundo Pellistri playing in the wide area.

However, Suarez struggled against South Korea, so the 35-year-old’s fitness will need to be assessed before deciding whether he will return to the typical squad for this competition.

Portugal Vs. Uruguay Head-To-Head Record

Portugal wins: 1
Uruguay wins: 1
Draws: 1
Portugal goals: 5
Uruguay goals: 3

Portugal World Cup form:
  • W
Portugal form (all competitions):
  • W L W L W W
Uruguay World Cup form:
  • D

Uruguay form (all competitions):

  • W D W L W D

Portugal Vs. Uruguay Head-To-Head RecordSource: theanalyst

Portugal’s Possible Starting Lineup:

Costa; Cancelo, Dias, Danilo, Guerreiro; Bernardo, Neves, Carvalho; Fernandes, Ronaldo, Felix

Uruguay’s Possible Starting Lineup:

Pochet; Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Olivera; Valverde, Bentancur, Vecino; Pellistri, Suarez, Nunez

Prediction:

Portugal 2 – 1 Uruguay