Uruguay continues its 2021 Copa America campaign against Bolivia at the Arena Pantanal on Thursday.
Both Bolivia and Uruguay struggled in their last two matches, with the former failing to collect any points. Uruguay is only one place above them and no country can lose if they want to reach the playoffs.
Argentina currently leads the group with seven points, followed by Chile with five points and Paraguay with three points. The match Paraguay vs Chile could also affect who will move to the next round.
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when does it start? Thursday 24 June 5pm (Eastern time), Thursday 24 June 10am (UK)
Where is the match played? Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
What TV channel are you working on? Fox Sports 1, Univision (US), BBC Red Button (UK)
What is live broadcast on? TUDN app, FuboTV, Fox Sports app (US), BBC iPlayer (UK)
Bolivia is expected to play again without striker Marcelo Moreno, who tested positive for Covid-19 at the start of the tournament along with other players in the camp. Gilbert Alvarez has been on the pitch in his absence with success and limited impact having netted just once from a penalty kick.
Uruguay has been disappointing so far in this tournament, taking one point in two matches. Edinson Cavani He returned to the team after serving a suspension earlier this month during the World Cup qualifiers, and therefore has no excuses for the offense in Brazil.
The in-form Luis Suarez has only managed to score once so far against Chile, otherwise he would have been pushed out by the opponents. No injuries were reported, but changes are expected before the match against Bolivia.
On Thursday, Jaume Cuellar is expected to start on the 11th, returning from the previous suspension.
Uruguay: Muslera. Fina, Jimenez; Godin, Gonzalez; Torreira, Valverde, Bentancur, de la Cruz; Cavani, Suarez.
Bolivia: Cordano. Sagredo, Josino, Quinteros; Flores, Bejarano, Justiniano, Cespedes, Saavedra; Cuellar, Alvarez.
Uruguay holds a good record against Bolivia, winning 29 of the 43 matches played between the two countries in all competitions.
Bolivia stands with just seven victories against Uruguay, hoping to improve its record and increase its chances in the 2021 Copa America. The last meeting between the two countries took place in 2018 and ended with Uruguay winning 4-2, with Bolivia struggling to adapt from the start.
Despite their disappointing start, Uruguay entered the match against Bolivia as the favorite to win. La Celeste is expected to improve its attack, with Suarez and Cavani leading the attack.
While the whole of Bolivia could have created some friction, the outbreak of Covid-19 cases has significantly reduced its odds. A lone goal by Bolivia might happen, but Uruguay should easily dominate.
prediction: Bolivia 0-2 Uruguay