An epic rivalry will have a 77th chapter written in the early hours of Wednesday morning when Uruguay and Brazil meet in Montevideo.
Here are all of the relevant betting facts & figures so that you can make well-informed picks in this clash of South American giants. It's matchday 4 of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.
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Brazil has a perfect record so far with three wins from three, scoring ten goals in that process and conceding just twice. On the theme of goals, Uruguay hasn't scored less than twice in any of their three qualifiers and they were hugely impressive last time out, winning 3-0 in Baranqullla against Colombia.
La Celeste will have to do without Atlético Madrid striker Luis Suárez who has tested positive for COVID-19. He joins Martin Silva, Sebastian Coates, Ronald Araujo, Federico Valverde, Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Maxi Gomez on the sidelines. With Suarez out, 21-year-old Benfica striker Darwin Núñez is an enticing option for manager Óscar Tabárez to partner Edinson Cavani up front in a 4-4-2.
Real Madrid duo Eder Militão and Casemiro had to withdraw from the Brazil squad after having tested positive for COVID while Philippe Coutinho and Fabinho are injured.
Estadio Centenario in Montevideo is the setting for what should be another absorbing meeting between two long-standing rivals.
🔮 Likely XIs
🇺🇾 Uruguay (4-4-2):
Campaña; Cáceres, Giménez, Godín, Oliveros; Nández, Torreira, Bentancur, De La Cruz; Núñez, Cavani
🇧🇷 Brazil (4-3-3):
Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Silva, Lodi; Everton, Allan, Douglas Luiz; Richarlison, Jesus, Firmino
🔑 Key match facts
- Luis Suárez has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss out for Uruguay.
- Uruguay has not beaten the Seleção since 2001, losing seven of the last nine meetings between the two sides.
- Uruguay's shutout in their 3-0 win over Colombia was a first clean sheet across La Celeste's last nine fixtures (W5, D3, L1).
- Edinson Cavani made it four match-openers from five international strikes since the start of 2019 with his fifth-minute goal against Colombia.
- Including friendlies, these sides have clashed 11 times in the 21st century.
- Despite giving Uruguay their only WCQ home defeat for a decade, Brazil’s overall WCQ head-to-head record with Uruguay shows a 50% draw rate (W4, D5, L1).
- Uruguay has lost just one of their previous nine fixtures in all competitions (W5 D3) although that defeat came last month against Ecuador.
- There hasn’t been a single goalless draw between Uruguay and Brazil since June 1967 – a run of 35 matches.
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🔮 Score prediction: Uruguay 1-1 Brazil
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