Its Match Day 2 of the 2018 Fifa World Cup and an unbelievable amount of things have already gone down making it hard to believe that its just been 6 days so far. Our next Fixture of Group B is the clash between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia after Russia took on Egypt yesterday and came away with flying colors with their 3-1 victory all but sealing their passage to the knock out stages.
Uruguay front man Luis Suarez is all set to appear in his 100th International appearance vs Saudi Arabia who are still reeling presumably from their 5-0 Demolition by the hosts in the First match of the World Cup.
After a hard fought and last ditch victory over Egypt in their opening clash, a routine victory in the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia clash will guarantee the South Americans confirmed passage into the next round of the competition something which they failed to do last time around.
But then again this is the World Cup and so far nothing has been quite routine by any means.
Looking ahead we take a look at some of the key players who will determine the outcome of the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia fixture.
The Uruguay team will once again look to their key striking duo of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani both of whom gloriously and frustratingly missed a host of chances in their opening clash leaving center back Jose Giminez with the work of clinching the game in Sergio Ramos style.
Such is the series of expectations on them that even a narrow victory in the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia will do little to silence their critics who clearly expect a lot from the star studded team.
Key Players for Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Clash :
Luis Suarez :
Once again routinely its the Barcelona hit man who will be under intense pressure to perform having floundered a host of chances vs Egypt. Their best player on the pitch, Luis Suarez is one of the best strikers of the ball and has a world class sense of position which makes strikers great and he certainly is.
Despite being know for his shady history of occasional Cannibalism and untimely biting of opponents body parts when in a fit, Suarez is even more well know for his brilliant footballing abilities in front of the goal something he really needs to display to the world by starting off with the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia clash.
Clearly his team mate Guillermo Varela has that belief in him coming good for the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia fixture :
“I see Luis [doing] well, with desire and enthusiasm,” he said. “Although he could not convert [his chances against Egypt], we also have other colleagues who can do it.
“In this case it was Josema [Jose Gimenez], but Luis is a great player.”
The 20 year old Juventus midfielder has yet to prove a lot of his credentials for his club and country and looks set to start off with World Cup. One of the few Uruguayan players to have come off the clash vs Egypt with their reputation and credibility intact, Bentacur will surely strive to become a key cog in the Uruguayan midfield with his all round capabilities on the ball and off the ball.
With Uruguay expected to dominate possession a lot of the teams creative threat will pass through this man and could prove to be the perfect platform for him to truly set the stage alight.
Predicted Line Up for Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Clash :
Saudi Arabia :
An opening day demolition at the hands of their hosts has apparently caused such a rift in the entire footballing association that there are calls for the departure of head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi after just one competitive match in charge and Saudi Football Federation (SFF) announcing certain members of the team would face ‘penalties’ for their so-called shameful performance.
The Saudis preparations were even hindered by a mid-air mishap on Monday when the plane carrying them to Rostov suddenly caught light fire in one its wings.
With pressure on being called favourites, the Team from the middle East can probably play with a bit more freedom and expressively now.
Key Players for the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Clash :
Osama Hawsawi :
The Green Falcons’ captain plays in the centre of defence and will need to play the game of his life is he intends to keep the plethora of Uruguay’s attacking threat from reach the back of his net.
The heart of his teams defense and the heart of their chances at the World cup, The Al-Hilal defender has plenty of experience with this being his 137th International Cap and now needs to make the best use of it against a very tricky opposition for the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia clash.
Salem Al Dawsari
With Majority of the Saudi Team plying their trade in the Saudi First Division, Al Dawsari is one of the three players that the Saudi Arabian Football Federation themselves facilitated a loan opportunity in the La Liga.
Capable of playing anywhere in the front three, Pizzi will surely look to utilize him in his favoured and most effective position on the Left wing for the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia clash.
Predicted Line ups for the Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Clash :
Well here we will obviously be going for a heavy win for the South American by predicting a winning margin of 4-0 for Uruguay and also because of the fact that Saudi have failed to score in 8 of their last 10 World Cup matches..