Portugal face Uruguay on Monday night time in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup knockout tie between the pair.
Pepe cancelled out Edinson Cavani’s opener earlier than El Matador accomplished his brace in Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, sending Uruguay into an unsuccessful quarter-final in opposition to France.
Looking for a second successive spherical of 16 tie – in opposition to completely different opposition this time – either side went in goalless on the break of their opening fixtures. Portugal got here out on high after 5 objectives in an exciting second half in opposition to Ghana, however Uruguay could not penetrate South Korea’s rear-guard in a spiky stalemate.
This is every part you could know concerning the assembly between Group H’s top-ranked sides.
Portugal vs Uruguay H2H Outcomes (All Time)
Present Kind (Final 5 Video games)
Portugal group information
Nuno Mendes had been scuffling with muscular discomfort which saved him out of Portugal’s opener in opposition to Ghana. Otavio joined the PSG wingback within the restoration room after sustaining a hamstring downside through the match.
Portugal Beginning 11 (4-3-3): Costa; Cancelo, Pereira, Dias, Guerreiro; Bernardo, Neves, Carvalho; Fernandes, Ronaldo, Felix.
Bench: Patricio, Sa, Andre Silva, Dalot, Pepe, Palhinha, Vitinha, Mario, Nunes, Horta, Ramos, Antonio Silva, Leao.
Uruguay group information
Ronald Araujo’s World Cup over when he was pressured into thigh surgical procedure on the finish of September. However, Diego Alonso chosen the Barcelona centre-back who is predicted to solely be out there from the knockout stage onwards – if Uruguay make it that far.
Uruguay Beginning 11 (4-3-3): Rochet; Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Oliveira; Valverde, Bentancur, Vecino; Pellistri, Suarez, Nunez.
Bench: Muslera, Sosa, Coates, Vina, Varela, Rodriguez, Torreira, Ugarte, De la Cruz, Arrascaeta, Torres, Canobbio, Gomez, Cavani.
These sides are a messy amalgamation of wizened expertise and youthful exuberance. For every Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez, there is a Joao Felix and a Darwin Nunez.
Each managers got here into the competitors with vocal ambitions of successful the World Cup. Whereas neither are among the many first bracket of favourites for the trophy, Portugal ought to have the sting within the head-to-head on Monday night time.
Though, in a match which could possibly be outlined by grit regardless of the glitz on present, Uruguay will not hand over three factors with no scrap.
Prediction: Portugal 2-1 Uruguay