World Cup 2014 – Group D: Uruguay vs England Preview

18 Jun

WORLDCUP_MATCHES_DL-Uruguay-EnglandWhen: June 19 16:00 UTC-3
Where:São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, the southern hemisphere, and the Americas
Stadium:Arena de São Paulo (renamed from Arena Corinthians for the World Cup)

44 Stadium Capacity: 62,601
Pitch Status: Good
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (SPN)

Previous Meetings: The teams have met 10 times previously. Two of those matches came during a World Cup: 1954 in the quarter finals and 1966 in the group stage.

Team News: Uruguay may have the most to prove in this game, and will be ecstatic to have Luis Suárez ‘officially’ available. But with the good comes the bad. They will be without right-back Maxi Pereira who is suspended after receiving a red card in the game vs Costa Rica. Captain and centre-back Diego Lugano is out with a knee injury; thankfully he only requires physio and not surgery.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stepped up his recovery sessions for the knee injury picked up two weeks ago. He is available but Hodgson has ruled out fielding him for this game. Guess The Ox hasn’t quite figured out how to get off his leash.

2373548_full-lndTeam Weaknesses: England is still grappling off-pitch with the “what to do with Rooney?” riddle. Ferguson would just drop him; Hodgson, not so much. Predictions are Rooney’ll move back into the No. 10 role but if he performs as poorly as he did in the first game the British media will (again) show him no mercy.

Uruguay’s aging defense had it tough against Costa Rica, and Lugano in particular. It will only get tougher with the likes of Sturridge and Sterling looking to continue their impressive play.

Team Strengths: This game will be a battle of the strikers. If Suárez is truly fit (still a question mark), he is their biggest threat. He’ll be called upon to perform the same feats as he did at Liverpool this season, and he will relish the opportunity to shine (and hopefully not in a bad way). Cavani will be motivated by Suárez’ return, and will be looking to do whatever it takes to create and to score.

The Power of Three

England’s strength here is their familiarity with Suárez. They see him every week at Liverpool and in the Premier League, and they will be prepared to stifle his every move.

Not bad

England has the attacking momentum, with their youth members putting in admirable performances. They don’t contribute much defensively however, and will need to put in more of an effort here.

Who Scored Prediction: Uruguay 1 – England 2
My Prediction: Uruguay 2 – England 2
World Economic Forum (WEF) Competitiveness Prediction:

20140619_Infographic_UruguayEngland-576x1024Chance of a Zlatan sighting: *sniff* Nil

Both teams lost their first matches in tight contests and will be looking for redemption. Whoever recovered well enough physically and psychologically will win this battle.

– hopechaser (twitter: hopechaser11)

One Response to “World Cup 2014 – Group D: Uruguay vs England Preview”

  1. jellyace June 20, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    You did get your Zlatan sighting after all!

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