Uruguay’s four qualifying days have to be among the toughest for any nation in the world involved in World Cup qualifying to face: it ranges from the 3-0 road defeat to Lionel Messi and from Argentina, the reigning South American champion, on a trip to the Amazon and the city of Manaus will face undefeated Brazil on Thursday.
Brazil may not be perfect after their 0-0 draw in Colombia on Sunday, but they are unbeaten and have yet to allow a home goal in the World Cup qualifiers. This is how strong the team ranked No.2 in the world has been with almost a year before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Comfortably perched atop the South American standings, Brazil (9-0-1, 28 points) is a cinch to book a ticket to Qatar in the coming matches, but they measure up differently from other nations. When he steps onto the grounds of the Amazon Arena in Manaus to play for the first time in front of fans – 14,000 are expected – he will want to win, entertain and concede nothing to the opposition.
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Uruguay (4-3-4, 16 points) is also in a decent position: they are in fourth place, which would be enough to secure a direct place in Qatar (the top four teams qualify directly while fifth place is involved in a game – serial). But he will have to meet the challenge of Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Chile.
With players like Luis Suarez (Uruguay), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Neymar (Brazil) and Lucas Paqueta (Brazil) on the pitch, it is the flagship game of the 12th of 18 rounds in South America, even if that seems like we all know how it’s going to turn out: Brazil are undefeated in 59 at home (47-0-12) and Uruguay have never achieved a qualifying victory in Brazil (although they have three null).
How to watch Brazil vs Uruguay
- Dated: Thursday October 14
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Diffusion: fuboTV
Brazil vs Uruguay and all World Cup qualifying matches in South America can be streamed exclusively on fuboTV in English and Spanish.
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Matches are also available pay-per-view through cable and satellite TV providers.
Brazil vs. Uruguay: Composition
Outlets in Brazil have said head coach Tite is expected to make five changes to his roster with Ederson at the net and Tottenham right-back Emerson Royal taking the start. Lucas Verissimo will step in to give Marquinhos a break and Raphinha will get off to a good start. Real Madrid center-back Eder Militao is injured.
Brazil’s projected starting XI (4-2-3-1, left to right): 23-Ederson-GK – 6-Alex Sandro, 3-Thiago Silva, 22-Lucas Verissimo, 13-Emerson Royal – 8-Fred, 5-Fabinho – 10-Lucas Paqueta, 10-Neymar, Raphinha – 9-Gabriel Jesus
Submarines projected in Brazil: 1-Alisson-GK, 2-Weverton-GK, 16-Guilherme Arana, 4-Marquinhos, 2-Danilo, 15-Edenilson, 7-Gerson, 18-Vinicius Junior, 19-Arthur Cabral, 20-Antony, 11-Everton Ribeiro, 21-Gabriel Barbosa, Douglas Luiz
Uruguay would pair Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front with Nicolas De La Cruz playing just behind them. Celeste will miss Jose Maria Gimenez, Ronaldo Araujo and Giorgian de Arrascaeta, but Rodrigo Betancur is back from suspension due to a build-up of yellow cards.
Uruguay’s projected starting XI (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Fernando Muslera-GK – 22-Joaquin Piquerez, 3-Diego Godin, 19-Sebastian Coates, 8-Nahitan Nandez – 7-Nicolas De La Cruz, 15-Federico Valverde, 5-Matias Vecino, 6-Rodrigo Betancur – 9 -Luis Suarez, 21-Edinson Cavani
Submarines planned for Uruguay: 23-Sergio Rochet-GK, 12-Martin Campana-GK, Martin Caceres, 17-Matias Vina, 13-Giovanni Gonzalez, 20-Facundo Torres, 14-Lucas Torreira, 11-Gaston Pereiro, 18-Darwin Nunez, Fernando Gorriaran, Augustin Alvarez Martinez, 16-Brian Rodriguez
Brazil vs. Uruguay betting odds and predictions
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
To take: Brazil -1 Asian Handicap (-115)
Although Uruguay had their chances against Argentina on Sunday, the 3-0 loss was ultimately a true reflection of the difference in talent between the two teams. It will be the same in Manaus, and while the result may not be so lopsided, Brazil should at least be better by one goal. Brazil also have the tournament’s best team defense – three goals against in 10 games – and won’t be scored easily.
Brazil -1 Asian Handicap might not be very adventurous, but neither is the game we’ll see between these two teams. It’s decent protection if the Selecao have a day off in front of goal.
Prediction: Brazil 2, Uruguay 0
- Moneyline: Brazil -210 / Draw +310 / Uruguay +750
- Spread (Asian handicap): Brazil -1 (-110) / Uruguay +1 (+100)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +130 / Under -160
- The two teams score: Yes +155 / No -205