Defeated rivals, twice As the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday, Uruguay will face South Korea in their opening match at the Education City Stadium. Since Diego Alonso replaced Oscar Tabarez as manager at the end of last season, La Celeste has been in fine form. Uruguay vs South Korea Live Streaming, Prediction, Lineups & Preview Guide by Live Football TV.
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Uruguay vs South Korea Kick-Off Time
Uruguay vs South Korea will kick off at 4.00 pm Qatar time, 1:00 pm UK time, 2:00 pm Central European time, and 8:00 am Eastern Time (ET).
Uruguay vs South Korea Preview
Even though Uruguay is doing well on the field, their preparations have been thrown off by the firing of Tabarez, who was their coach for 15 years. Alonso has completely changed a team that was in shambles after bad qualifying results in South America, but he still doesn’t know his best starting lineup or best system.
Tabarez was fired as manager after his team lost four games in a row, including a humiliating 4-1 loss in Brazil and a 3-0 loss away in Bolivia, which is known for its high altitude. But after the New Year, when there were still four qualifiers to go, Alonso took over and won all of them. The best wins came on the road against Chile and Paraguay, and Luis Suarez is still at the center of everything good about the national team.
He still hasn’t decided which formation is best for his team, though. Both 4-4-2 and 4-3-2-1 have been used a lot, but they haven’t been put to the test against strong teams. As long as they keep up this level of play on both offense and defense, which they have only done twice in his nine games in charge, the little things won’t matter.
It will be important for them to make the most of the many ways they can attack. Suarez, Darwin Nunez, Edinson Cavani, and Maxi Gomez have all scored goals this year, and Uruguay has scored an average of two goals per game. Alonso said many times before the tournament that they want to win the world championship, and based on how they’ve been playing, that can’t be ruled out.
South Korea, on the other hand, has a manager who is in trouble and a team that hasn’t done well in the lead-up to Qatar. A week before the tournament, Son Heung-min broke his eye socket in the Champions League and had to have surgery. This was the worst thing that could have happened to the team.
He has said that he will do whatever it takes to play because South Korea won’t be as mentally and physically strong without him. If manager Paulo Bento decides to play him right away, there is a chance he won’t be at his best after having such a rough time getting ready for the tournament.
Their best offensive player might not play, which will put more pressure on their strong defense. However, they have shown they can be counted on by giving up only three goals in their 10 AFC final-stage qualifiers.
Even though they famously beat Germany in Russia, they were very upset after losing to Mexico and Sweden and being kicked out of the group stage. They are once again in a group with a lot of strong teams, and if they want to move on, they will have to cause at least one upset.
Uruguay vs South Korea Team News
Ronald Araujo is fast-tracked back into training after a thigh procedure, thus Diego Godin may replace him with Jose Maria Gimenez. Fernando Muslera, a 13-year regular, was recently replaced by Sergio Rochet, who has played in many of Alonso’s internationals.
The formation he chooses will also affect the squad selection, as Nunez will only start on the wing given Suarez’s undroppable status. Facundo Pellistri and Giorgian de Arrascaeta are more likely to start alongside Suarez, so Cavani will be a substitute.
Son says he’ll “take a risk” to play whenever he’s needed at the World Cup, but his fitness and preparation are in question. Kim Min-jae played every qualification while impressing for Fenerbahce and is currently doing the same for Napoli in Serie A and the Champions League.
Bento continues to be criticized for his style of play, as Korea is frequently too cautious, which is blamed on him not picking enough creative players. Lee Kang-in has shown his creativity in La Liga this season with Real Mallorca, but Bento underuses him to the supporters’ chagrin.
Uruguay vs South Korea Lineups
Uruguay possible XI:
Rochet; Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Olivera; Bentancur, Vecino, Valverde; De Arrascaeta, L Suarez, Nunez
South Korea possible XI:
Kim Seung-gyu; Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Min-jae, Kim Jin-su; Jung Woo-Young, Hwang In-beom, Lee Jae-sung; Hwang Hee-chan, Son Heung-min, Hwang Ui-jo
How to Watch Uruguay vs South Korea Match?
You can watch Uruguay vs South Korea match on TV and stream it online. Check out our FIFA World Cup Official Broadcaster list to know which channel will telecast this Uruguay vs South Korea match in your region. fuboTV offers a great deal with the free trial to stream all the FIFA World Cup 2022 games in high definition for any device.
Uruguay vs South Korea Prediction
Uruguay, with their superb strikers and solid defense, should be heavy favorites here. They have been nearly flawless under Alonso since his hiring a year ago. South Korea‘s preparation has been centered on Son’s health, and with him not in peak condition, questions have been raised regarding the team’s contingency plan.