Argentina and Uruguay in Montevideo, the preview

Lionel Messi, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala Argentina

A preview looking at the rivalry between Argentina and Uruguay, this time in Montevideo.

Yet another chapter in the battle of the river plate will be written come Thursday night when Uruguay host eternal rivals Argentina. The home team currently sit in third place in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying table with Argentina in fifth place which is also the playoff spot. It’ll be a much different Argentina team this time around from the last one when these two teams faced off. Argentina managed a 1-0 victory last September in Mendoza.

Four players who started that match for the Albiceleste will not be taking part in this one. Pablo ZABALETA (not called-up), Ramiro FUNES MORI (not called-up and injured), Emmanuel MAS (not called-up) and Lucas PRATTO (not called-up) were all in the starting XI in that game for then coach Edgardo BAUZA. The two substitutes (Lucas ALARIO and Nicolas GAITAN) also did not make the team this time around. That win also marked the return of Lionel MESSI to the Argentina National Team after announcing his retirement following the 2016 Copa America. Ironically enough, it was MESSI himself who scored the winner in that match while Paulo DYBALA was shown a red card.

However, this time it’s (for the most part) a different set of players. Pretty much one year to the day since their last encounter (the match in Mendoza was on September 1 while this one is August 31), the Albiceleste on paper look like a different side. Geronimo RULLI, Federico FAZIO, Nicolas PAREJA, Fabricio BUSTOS, Leandro PAREDES, Guido PIZARRO, Marcos ACUNA, Javier PASTORE, Manuel LANZINI, Emiliano RIGONI, Joaquin CORREA, Pablo BENEDETTO, Lautaro ACOSTA and Mauro ICARDI are all new additions to the team since the last time around. That ‘s also while disregarding Eduardo SALVIO and Manuel LANZINI who had to pull out of the team due to injuries.

A win for Argentina would see them leapfrog the Uruguayans with 25 points and depending on other results, Argentina could jump from fifth place into second place in the table before the end of this matchday. The TAS ruled that the current standings remain unchanged and that Chile would not be deducted any points.

TeamPTSWinsDrawsLosses
Brazil411251
Uruguay31945
Argentina28774
Colombia27765
Peru26756
Chile26828
Paraguay24738
Ecuador206210
Bolivia144212
Venezuela122610

Argentina coach Jorge SAMPAOLI has tried out three different formations in training this week. Which one he starts remains to be seen but here were the line-ups:

Argentina 3-4-3/3-4-2-1 starting eleven

ROMERO; MERCADO, FAZIO/MASCHERANO, OTAMENDI; DI MARIA, BIGLIA, PIZARRO, ACOSTA; DYBALA, MESSI; ICARDI

Argentina 3-4-3 starting eleven Tuesday

ROMERO; MERCADO, MASCHERANO, OTAMENDI; RIGONI, BIGLIA, PAREDES, DI MARIA; ICARDI, MESSI, DYBALA

Argentina 3-4-3 starting eleven Wednesday

ROMERO; MERCADO, FAZIO, OTAMENDI; ACUNA, BIGLIA, PIZARRO, DI MARIA; DYBALA, MESSI, ICARDI

One thing for sure is that looking at those line-ups, Angel DI MARIA, Lionel MESSI, Mauro ICARDI and Paulo DYBALA will all be starting in attack.

14 Comments

  1. ClacKamas

    Formation is not working..we must bring another defense

  2. ClacKamas

    For Bauza ..Aguero..Di Maria good for nothing Higuain we are today in this situation. Even if we win will be a tie with Columbia by points!!

  3. david carvajal

    Today is going to be exciting.. i hope sampi can figure out dybala and messi playing together, add icardi to the formula and i see us scoring 3 or 4. I think our midfield is key.. we need some creativity and vision… all i know is we need a win. Going for Venezuela (which i think colombia will win) , Brazil, Paraguay tie or win, and Bolivia. ..

    Today is going to drag!!

    Vamos carajo..

  4. fanOFargentina

    Dear All – I am really excited for this match. I am in Uk, there is no TV showing this match. If someone shares a online streaming link, it would be great.. vamos argentina

  5. chalz

    Argentina – Arise and Shine…

  6. Lester Brisco

    Prediction: Uruguay 1 vs. Argentina 3. This will be a good game and a solid effort. I might be overly excited and hopeful, but I think Sampaoli has a clear plan and an attacking one that is. Uruguay will have spaces and shots, but without Suarez they are not as dangerous. In my dream game all of the attacking trio have one goal each.

    But hear me out: Di Maria will be the man of the match. I think that Sampaoli playing him wide and in the middle four will be good for Angel. Lots of space ahead to run to and he will have those secondary chances after some throwaways from Uruguay-defenders.. mark my words.

    Can’t wait for the game! Vamos Argentina!

  7. Cleanball

    This the formation that all the fans are waiting for , Icardi to replace Higuain and Kun , Dybala playing alongside Messi. The trisula attackers. Hats ups to Sampaoli’s courageous decision to rebuild the team. Trust this will be our best formation and on the way to Russia 2018 with a comfortable journey.

  8. sandy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y944Xs1r5q0
    My Mundo friends who know Spanish may watch it.

  9. mamoun elpipita

    The front 3 is perfection but non of it will mean anything if there is no midfield that gets them the ball.

  10. pablo dennison

    wonderful simply wonderful to see.

  11. Fernando Wilson

    Lol

  12. Dfox1942

    PICTURE ABOVE

    I thought it would never happen, all 3 in the sky-blue and white, same pitch, same time!

    1. Istiaque

      I think this is the best attacking trio in the world right now since MSN broke up.

      1. vimaldass

        I completely agree. Most attacking trident in world football right now

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