Uruguay is set to take on Venezuela in the Copa America 2016 match this Thursday night, 09 June 2016 at the Lincoln Financial Field stadium in PHILADELPHIA. Its a must win game for Uruguay who lost their opening fixture against Mexico while Venezuela can seal their progress to next round with a win in thursday early kickoff which will be starting at around 07:30 p.m ET / 00:30 a.m uk time. Fox1 will continue to broadcast extensive live coverage of Copa America in the US while premierSport will have live coverage in the UK.
Uruguay who might still be without Luis Suarez will have to win this game no matter what if they were to qualify for the knockout stages. After their 3-1 defeat in the hands of Mexico they are bottom of the table and another defeat will end their chances of qualification to next round. Its all setup for a bumper all south american tie which holds significant important for both teams chances of qualifying to the next around.
Team News & Lineups: Luis Suarez suffered hamstring injury while player for Barcelona in their Copa Del Rey final and he sat out against Mexico which took the bite off Uruguay attack. He is still doubtful but Uruguay camp might be willing to take a risk event with half fit Suarez considering the stacks of the game. Matias Vecino is another name who will miss thursday’s game.
Venezula is expected to keep the same starting lineup with Jose Salomon Rondon playing upfront on his own and this is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Uruguay will take heart from their historic results against follow south americans as 2 time world cup winners Uruguay has won 17 of the 28 games between the two sides with 7 ending as draws and 3 defeats. If Luis Suarez is fit he will be key to Uruguay’s chances looking at the form he has been with Barcelona.
Match Predictions: Uruguay will come good even if Suarez won’t start. They were unlucky and undone by poor refereeing in the first game against Mexico but against Venezuela I expect them to produce a good performance and win the game keeping their chances of qualifying for next round alive.