Uruguay hosts Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier match in Montevideo, aiming to continue their impressive form after recent victories against South American giants.
Uruguay’s recent stunning wins against Brazil and Argentina propelled them up the CONMEBOL standings.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side, led by Darwin Nunez’s impactful performances, seeks to maintain their momentum after securing crucial victories and climbing to second place in the qualifiers.
Bolivia, known for struggling away from home, faces a daunting task against Uruguay. Despite a recent uplifting win against Peru, Bolivia’s away record in World Cup qualifiers remains challenging, having failed to secure an away win in over 30 years.
Uruguay looks to capitalize on Bolivia’s poor away form to consolidate their position near the top of the table, while Bolivia aims to build on their recent home success to improve their position in the standings.
Uruguay will miss midfielder Nahitan Nandez due to injury, while Matias Vecino has been omitted from the squad. Defenders Joaquin Piquerez, Lucas Olaza, and Santiago Bueno are also absent.
Jose Maria Gimenez and Rodrigo Bentancur are potential starters following their recent returns from injury. Luis Suarez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta could feature after being unused substitutes.
Bolivia’s squad initially lacked Boris Cespedes, but his absence didn’t hinder their recent win against Peru.
Jose Sagredo is set to make his 50th cap for Bolivia, while Henry Vaca, among the goals in the previous match, could feature again.
R Araujo, Caceres, Gimenez, Olivera;
Ugarte, Valverde, De la Cruz;
Pellistri, Nunez, De Arrascaeta
Quinteros, Haquin, Sagredo, Fernandez;
Justiniano, R Vaca, Miguelito;
H Vaca, Marcelo Moreno, Algaranaz
Prediction: Uruguay 4-0 Bolivia
Uruguay, in excellent form and playing at home, is expected to dominate against Bolivia, known for their struggles away from home. The hosts are likely to secure a comfortable victory unless complacency sets in.