La Celeste apparent can not think of another figure at the helm of the national team but Oscar Tabarez. The former Milan and Cagliari boss was eventually rehired after being sacked in 2020 to guide Luis Suarez and Co once again to Copa America 2021. Yet, Uruguay will have to take on Paraguay in the midweek in the World Cup 2022 Qualifiers. They are still sitting on the fifth, right under their opposition, which is aiming for their return after missing out two World Cup editions in 2014 and 2018.
Both teams’ updated news
Uruguay decided to leave out Edison Cavani despite his relatively impressive form in Manchester United, probably considering his tight fixtures after Europa League final last Wednesday. Oscar Tabarez opted to call up two uncapped young strikers instead, Penarol’s Facundo Torres and Liverpool Montevideo’s Ignacio Polero. They are included alongside the other two future debutantes, Santos Laguna man, Fernando Gorriaran, Penarol youngster Joaquin Piquerez and Nacional Montevideo goalie Sergio Rochet.
Meanwhile, Paraguay under Eduardo Berizzo surprisingly also left out one of their well-known star in European major competition, Antonio Sanabria, despite his fairly good performance with Torino with five goals and one assists in 14 appearances. The Argentina-born boss decides to include several uncapped youngsters instead such as the 17-year old Libertad forward Julio Enciso and his team mate Hugo Martinez, plus the 23-year old River Plate’s defender, David Martinez.
Oscar Tabarez is likely to deploy 4-5-1 formation by relying on Luis Suarez as the lone striker upfront supported by Rodrigo Bentacur, Mathias Vecino and Lucas Toreira in the middle while Federico Valverde and Nahitan Nandez could operate on both flanks.
His counterpart, Eduardo Berizzo is hoping to extend their unbeaten run here by employing more pragmatic tactical approach, possibly with 3-4-1-2. Their backline will be occupied by Fabian Balbuena, Gustavo Gomez and Omar Aldrete. In the second line, Newcastle United man Miguel Almiron will be the anchorman to support two frontmen, Angel Romero and Alejandor Gamarra.
Players to watch
The veteran Luis Suarez is still opted as the main scorer of the team with four goals already in the qualifiers. Another notable name to watch here is Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde who could play wide as well as a defensive role.
Paraguay counts on San Lorenzo forward, Angel Romero who has bagged four goals in the qualifiers. Some other key men to watch is the versatile and creative midfielder, Miguel Almiron who has been deployed in various positions in his club and registered four goals and one assist and West Ham defender, Fabian Balbuena
Uruguay vs Paraguay Possible result
Uruguay may be the favourite but their two consecutive defeats in their last outing might stumble them, especially considering Paraguay’s more solid defence, including the visit to Buenos Aires when they could hold Messi and Co in a draw. Another stalemate seems fairly plausible.
The home side is the favourite with the win market at -134, while the value for a draw is at +265, whereas Berizzo’s men’s odds to win are only at +390.