Uruguay will take on Peru in the quarterfinals of the Copa America at the Itaipava Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
Oscar Tabarez’s side are one of the favorites to win the tournament and underlined their credentials by topping their group without losing a single game. La Celeste opened their campaign with a thumping 4-0 win over Ecuador but were held by a spirited Japan in their next match.Embed from Getty Images
However, the 2011 Copa America champions beat Chile 1-0 in the final group game to boost their confidence before the knockouts.
On the other hand, Peru had mixed results in their group stage. They drew with Venezuela in their tournament opener and followed it up with a victory over Bolivia in the second game.Embed from Getty Images
However, all the momentum was killed in their third game against Brazil, who thrashed them 5-0. Thus, Ricardo Gareca’s side will look to put that result behind them as they plan to beat Uruguay in the quarterfinals.
In terms of team news, Matias Vecino is ruled out, and Luca Torreira is expected to deputize for him. Left-back Diego Laxalt was subbed off with an injury against Japan, and Giovanni Gonzalez could continue to get a starting berth in the former’s absence.
Meanwhile, Jefferson Farfan has been ruled out of the Copa America with a knee injury for Los Incas, a big blow to their aspirations. Andre Carillo is a direct replacement available for Gareca unless he opts for a more defensive-minded approach.
Head-To-Head and Uruguay vs Peru Prediction
Considering head-to-head, Uruguay are unbeaten in 5 of the last six meetings between the sides. However, Peru did win the most recent encounter in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying by a margin of 2 goals to 1.
Nevertheless, Los Incas have failed to score in 3 of their last four games, and Uruguay could prove to be a tough nut to crack. On the other hand, Tabarez’s men have won 5 of their last six games, kept a clean sheet in 5 of them and scored 2+ goals in those games.
Further, Suarez and Cavani have scored two goals apiece in the group stage and look set to enter the twilight of their international careers on a high. Thus, Uruguay are overwhelming favorites to win the tie, and Peru needs a miracle to progress.
Predicted Uruguay XI: Muslera; Gonzalez, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres; Nandez, Torreira, Bentancur, Lodeiro; Cavani, Suarez
Predicted Peru XI: Gallese; Advincula, Zambrano, Abram, Trauco; Yotun, Tapia; Polo, Farfan, Cueva; Guerrero