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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Argentina vs Uruguay: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :November 14, 2023 at 2:24 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 1:05 AM
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Syed Talib Haider


The Clásico Río de la Plata is ready to kick-off

November international break has a huge match on its hands. Argentina and Uruguay, two long-time football rivals, face off in the World Cup 2026 qualifiers. Their rivalry between the teams and even the fans is such that the match is known as the Clásico Río de la Plata. It will take place at Boca Juniors’ famous “La Bombonera” stadium instead of the usual, River Plate’s Estadio Monumental.

Argentina, the current World Cup champions, lead the standings with a perfect record of 4 wins. They have 12 points. Uruguay are in second place with 7 points, tied with Brazil and Venezuela but with more goals scored.

This game is a big deal, and it’s going to kick off on Matchday 5 in the CONMEBOL qualifiers. Further, the switch to “La Bombonera” adds extra excitement to this historic rivalry.

Kick-off

Thursday, 16th November 2023, 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT

Friday, 17th November 2023, 12:00 AM GMT (5:30 AM IST)

Location: La Bombonera

Form

Argentina (in CONMEBOL qualifiers): W-W-W-W

Uruguay (in CONMEBOL qualifiers): W-L-D-W

Players to watch for

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Lionel Messi Ballon d'Or
Messi won the Ballon d’Or 2023

‘The little boy from Rosario’ Lionel Messi is the man to watch whenever he steps on the football pitch. And the Argentinian skipper has already helped his national team lead the standings with his 3-goal contribution.

Darwin Nunez (Uruguay)

The #9, Darwin Nunez is one of the most chaotic footballers at the moment. No one knows what could be expected out of him. Nunez has 2 goals and 2 assists throughout his national team’s run in the CONMEBOL qualifiers.

Match fact

  • This is officially the most-played international football game.

Injury and team news

Argentina team news:

Inter Miami CF’s standout player, Lionel Messi, is set for a crucial double matchday led by coach Lionel Scaloni. The highlight is a visit to Brazil on Nov. 21. Messi, with three goals in three appearances, shines, hitting a record 31 goals in Conmebol qualifiers.

Veterans Di María and Dybala are back after missing the previous window due to injury. Argentina’s squad includes Thiago Almada, chosen by U23 coach Javier Mascherano for Olympic Games prep.

Uruguay team news:

Uruguay’s boss Marcelo Bielsa brings surprises with call-ups for Orlando City SC’s Facundo Torres and LAFC’s Cristian Olivera. Notably, Luis Suárez, Uruguay’s top scorer, returns in great form from Grêmio, hinting at a potential move to Miami for the 2024 MLS season, reuniting with Messi and former FC Barcelona teammates.

Head-to-head

Matches: 197

Argentina: 92

Uruguay: 57

Draws: 48

Predicted lineup for Argentina vs Uruguay

Argentina Predicted lineup (4-3-3)

Martinez; Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Mac Allister, Fernandez; Messi, Alvarez, Gonzalez

Uruguay Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1)

Rochet; Nández, Araujo, Cacares, Olivera; Valverde, Ugarte; Pellistri, De La Cruz, Araujo; Nunez

Match prediction for Argentina vs Uruguay

Although the H2H favours Argentina, the current Uruguay side cannot be taken lightly by all means. A draw seems a fair reflection of how these two sides have been playing of late.

Prediction: Argentina 2 – 2 Uruguay

Telecast details

India: FanCode

UK: CONMEBOL TV

USA: Vix, Telemundo, Fubo, Fanatiz, Universo

Nigeria: FIFA+

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