Starting Thursday, the final matches of the European Championship qualifiers are on the schedule, but we also look forward to the continuation of the World Cup qualifiers, which will be played in three years in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This time, we have analyzed the duel that will be played in Buenos Aires, where the teams of Argentina and Uruguay will measure their strengths. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 01:00h.
Argentina: Is it time for the fifteenth consecutive triumph?
Argentina shone at the World Cup and finally, after several unsuccessful attempts, this team managed to win the championship title. They triumphed in a thrilling final against France, decided by a penalty shootout, which many consider the best final in World Cup history. To remind you, the regular part of the match ended with a score of 2:2, and in the extra time, both teams scored one more goal each. However, in the end, the Gauchos were more focused in the penalty shootout and deservedly claimed the trophy. This was the only trophy missing from Lionel Messi’s collection, who interestingly did not decide to retire from the Argentine national team after this achievement. One of the best players of all time, if not the best, will lead his team in the qualifiers for the World Cup to be held in three years in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Interestingly, Argentina’s last defeat was in the first round of the World Cup, where they lost 1:2 to Saudi Arabia. After that, coach Scaloni’s team strung together fourteen victories, a commendable achievement. Things are going great in the qualifiers, as Argentina currently sits at the top of the table with a perfect twelve points, five points ahead of Uruguay, Brazil, and Venezuela, who are currently tied for second place. In the four matches played, the current world champions have achieved as many victories, starting from the first round against Ecuador with a 1:0 win. This was followed by a victory in the traditionally challenging away game against Bolivia, who play at high altitude, but Messi and his teammates managed to win 0:3 without much trouble.
Then, the Gauchos hosted Paraguay at home, winning 1:0, despite missing several chances in the first half. Finally, at least on paper, the toughest task was the away game against Peru in the last round, but Argentina easily triumphed with a 0:2 score. This means that the current world champions have not only avoided defeat or draw in four matches but also haven’t conceded a goal, a fact that certainly deserves praise.
Uruguay: The match against Brazil inspires hope!
It is well known that Uruguay has won the World Cup twice in its history. However, this team has not been able to achieve significant results at the World Cup for many years, except for 2010 when they reached the semi-finals. In that year, Uruguay was defeated by the Netherlands and, to make matters worse, they also lost the third-place match against Germany, ending with a score of 3:2. In 2018 in Russia, the former world champion reached the quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by France, who later won the tournament. In the last World Cup, Uruguay did not perform well as they failed to advance to the knockout stage, despite a victory in the last group match against Ghana (0:2). The main reason for this was South Korea, who unexpectedly defeated Portugal in the last round with a goal in the first minute of stoppage time.
Immediately after this disappointing World Cup exit, Diego Alonso was fired, and a few months later, the legendary Marcelo Bielsa took his place. The popular ‘Madman’ will have a very difficult task to rejuvenate the Uruguayan squad and lead them to the World Cup to be held in three years in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All things considered, Uruguayan fans have plenty of reasons to be satisfied, as their team is currently tied for second place in the table, five points behind Argentina, who has a perfect record so far and will host the former world champions in Buenos Aires tonight. In the first round of qualifiers, Marcelo Bielsa’s team easily defeated Chile 3:1. However, this was followed by two matches without a win, first an away game against Ecuador ending 2:1, and then a match in Colombia, which ended 2:2. In this match, the visitors equalized in the final moments with a penalty by Nunez.
Finally, in the last round of qualifiers, Uruguay played one of their best games in recent years, defeating Brazil more easily than anyone could have anticipated. This match at the legendary Centenario ended with a score of 2:0.
Our Betting Suggestions
Argentina has strung together as many as fourteen victories, raising the question of when the current world champion will slip up. However, given the significant rivalry between these two teams, it seems unlikely that this will be the case this time, especially since Uruguay rarely wins away in qualifiers. Therefore, we highly recommend betting on a home win (fr 1), for which Mozzartbet has prepared odds of 1.60.
Looking back at the last few encounters between these two teams, we can conclude that matches between them rarely produce many goals. This could very likely be the case again tonight in Buenos Aires, which is why we boldly recommend playing the under 2.5 goals bet, for which Mozzartbet offers odds of 1.81.
Finally, it would be ideal to try a combination of 1X&un 2.5 goals at 1.97 odds.