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Argentina and Uruguay will go head to head against each other in a feisty clash in Isreal as both sides try to keep their perfect record since their Copa America exits.

Competition: International friendlies

Date: Monday, 18 November 2019

Time: 7:15 PM (UK time)

Venue: Bloomfield Stadium

After a statement win over their bitter rivals Brazil,

Argentina

take on another South American rival in

Uruguay

at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Albiceleste

have not lost a match in 2019 ever since their exit from the

Copa America

and they hope to carry forward this form when they face

Uruguay

.

Argentina

are full of hardworking players with the perfect blend of experience and youthful exuberance.

On the other hand,

Uruguay

have also been a formidable force ever since their shock exit in the Copa America semifinals against Peru. Just like

the Albiceleste

, Oscar Tabarez’s men have not lost a single game since the Copa America and they also look to continue that form against a resurgent

Argentina

.

Both sides are coming to this game with wins, as

Argentina

defeated their main rival, Brazil in a close affair, while

Uruguay

playing out a 2-1 win over Hungary. Therefore it will be a test of character for both sides and despite being friendly, it is set to be a fiercely contested game.

Team News & Tactics

Argentina

Argentina

boss Scaloni, with no major tournaments coming up, is aware that the next year represents an excellent chance to lay the platform for a more settled team compared with the turbulent Jorge Sampaoli’s club.

In fact, Scaloni has the freedom to try out different players in his system and eventually build a settled starting eleven. Esteban Andrada will take charge between the sticks while Spurs defender, Juan Foyth has seamlessly slotted in right-back position making the position his own for club and country.

Lionel Messi

will be expected to feature once again when

Argentina

meet South American rivals

Uruguay

in Tel Aviv on Monday night after scoring the winner against Brazil on his return from a three-month ban.

Nicolas Tagliafico has also done a great job for Scaloni at left-back with Nicolas Otamendi and German Pezzella forming the center-back pairing.

Leandro Paredes ought to keep his place in the middle of the park with Giovani Lo Celso being his partner in crime, as the latter is vested with the responsibility of orchestrating play. Scaloni may be tempted to try out some new names with Nicolas Gonzalez starting ahead of Lucas Ocampos on the right flank with Rodrigo De Paul likely to keep his place.

Lautaro Martinez started against Brazil ahead of Sergio Aguero and the Manchester City man may again start from the bench with Scaloni pairing Lucas Alario alongside

Messi

.

The Argentine

talisman will drop deep and will have the license to roam around the final third while Alario will be the main man.

Uruguay

Tabarez will be missing some of his key players in this fixture, with the likes of Nahitan Nandez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Jonathan Rodríguez, and Darwin Núñez all sidelined. However, the biggest absentee comes in the form of Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez who is still recovering from the injury he sustained a few weeks ago.

La Celeste

are coming to this game on the back of a 2-1 win over Hungary and will look to go with an unchanged eleven. Fernando Muslera has been their mainstay for a few years now with Giovanni González and young Matias Vina taking the full-back spots. Sebastien Coates will slot in for Gimenez as Diego Godin will look to marshal the backline.

Real Madrid’s Fede Valverde will look to replicate his club form in national colors with Rodrigo Bentancur adding more steel to the Uruguayan midfield. 19-year old winger Brian Rodriguez will keep his place on the right flank with his namesake, Brian Lozano taking up the left flank.

Uruguay

’s main strength lies in their attack with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani leading the line for Tabarez’s side.

Head-to-head results:

Sep 1, 2017: Uruguay 0-0 Argentina (WCQ South America)

Sep 2, 2016: Argentina 1-0 Uruguay (WCQ South America)

Jun 17, 2015: Argentina 1-0 Uruguay (Copa America)

Oct 16, 2019: Uruguay 3-2 Argentina (WCQ South America)

Oct 13, 2019: Argentina 3-0 Uruguay (WCQ South America)

Key Statistics:

·        

Argentina

hold a superior record against

Uruguay

in one of the old South American rivalries, with

the Albiceleste

winning 87 matches to

Uruguay

’s 57 wins.

·        

The last five matches have ended with

Argentina

winning thrice and Uruguay registering a single win in the period with the last outing ending in a 0-0 draw.

·        

Luis Suarez has been involved in half of Uruguay’s goals in his last 8 appearances for La Celeste.

·        

Lionel Messi

has scored 69 goals for

Argentina

, only second to Brazilian legend Pele (77) representing a South American nation.

Players to watch:

Messi

Messi

scored the winning goal against Brazil and should be able to keep up the good performance. He has scored 9 goals and 5 assist this season.

Luis Suarez

Suarez has scored 8 goals this season with no assist, he has great speed and should be able to pass through the defense.

Brian Rodriguez

Rodriguez has been very impressive since his debut for the national team. The Los Angeles FC winger has scored thrice in five appearances under Tabarez and will look to continue that form against

Argentina

. Rodriguez has literally been the new kid in the block for

Uruguay

and he has made his own identity in a team full of superstars.

His goals against USA, Peru, and Mexico have come in crucial stages of the game and despite being young, he has shown great maturity and made the right-wing position his own. His promising performances for the South American giants prove that he is there to stay for long.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Argentina XI (4-2-2-2):

Andrada, Foyth, Otamendi, Pezzella, Tagliafico; Lo Celso, Paredes; Gonzalez, De Paul; Messi, Alario

Uruguay (4-4-2):

Muslera; González, Coates, Godín, Viña; Rodríguez, Valverde, Bentancur, Lozano; Suárez, Cavani


source: SportMob