ZONATIMES.COM - Prediction for Uruguay vs Brazil 18 October 2023

Uruguay and Brazil meet in a 2026 World Cup qualifier in Montevideo on Tuesday evening. These two teams will try to bounce back from the draw in the previous game.

Match evaluation

  • Uruguay have participated in the last four World Cups, their best finish being fourth in 2010, and reaching the last 16 and quarter-finals in 2014 and 2018.
  • However, Uruguay's performance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was less than satisfactory as they failed to make it past the group stage in Qatar. This is the first time they have been eliminated since 2002.
  • So far, Uruguay have won once, drawn once and lost once in three matches for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. They are fourth in the qualifying table with a total of four points, five points behind leaders Argentina and three points behind Brazil.
  • Uruguay began their qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Chile on 9 September. However, in their last match they drew 2-2 with Colombia and lost away to Ecuador.
  • When Uruguay was about to lose in the game against Colombia, Liverpool's Darwin Nunez scored a free kick in stoppage time and won an important point for the guests.
  • Meanwhile, Brazil opened their qualifying campaign with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Bolivia on September 9 and four days later they took six points with a 1-0 win over Peru.
  • However, in the final match, Brazil managed to draw 1-1 with Venezuela. In the 50th minute, Gabriel Magalez scored the opening goal for Brazil, but in the last minutes of the game, the Venezuelan Edward Bello equalized.
  • Brazil is the most successful team in World Cup history with 5 titles. However, they have struggled to impress since they last won the title in 2002.
  • In the year They were eliminated in the quarter-finals in 2006 and 2010 and then finished fourth in 2014. However, in 2018 and 2022, they failed to go further than the quarter-finals.
  • Fernando Diniz is still the interim coach of the Brazil national team and Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be their main target next year. However, whether or not Ancelotti will step down as Real Madrid coach is still uncertain.

Performance notes

Following are the recent performance records of both teams.

Uruguay 2026 World Cup Qualifying Performance Notes:

  • Win: 1
  • Series: 1
  • Disadvantages: 1

Uruguay's performance records in all competitions:

  • Won: 4
  • Series: 1
  • Disadvantages: 1

Brazil 2026 World Cup Qualifying Performance Notes:

  • Win: 2
  • Series: 1
  • Losses: 0

Performance records for all Brazilian competitions:

  • Won: 3
  • Series: 1
  • Losses: 2

Group news

  • Uruguay did not report any new injuries after the game against Colombia. However, it is expected that coach Marcelo Bielsa will make changes in the line-up for the match against the second-placed team in the qualifiers.
  • Cristian Olivera and Matias Oliveira were both substituted in the game against Colombia and their performances could see them in the starting line-up.
  • Manchester United's Facundo Pellistri could be named on the bench, as are Barcelona's Ronald Araujo, Real Madrid's Federico Valverde and Liverpool's Darwin Nunez.
  • On the other hand, Brazil suffered an injury in their match against Venezuela and Casemiro was sidelined due to an injury. The Manchester United midfielder is a major doubt for the game against Uruguay.
  • Brazil coach Fernando Deniz said that Casemiro suffered an "ankle injury" in the game, and there is a high possibility that he will not play in this game.
  • Gerson, who plays for Flamengo, could be the man to replace Casemiro. However, Andre is a possible option to start alongside Bruno Guimaraes.
  • Danilo was sidelined in the first half of the match against Venezuela with a muscle problem. So Yan Coutou could replace Danilo in the starting line-up.

Prediction of player lineup

Here are the possible lineups for both teams:

Uruguay's probable line-up:

  • Goalkeeper: Mele
  • Defenders: Nandez, R Araujo, Caceres, M Oliveira
  • Midfielders: Ugarte, Valverde
  • Forward: C. Oliveira, de la Cruz, Rodriguez
  • Striker: Nunez

Possible Brazil lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Ederson
  • Defenders: Kuto, Marquinhos, Gabriel, Arana
  • Midfielders: Guimaraes, Gerson
  • Forwards: Rodrigo, Neymar, Vinicius
  • Striker: Richarlison

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Final prediction: Uruguay 1-2 Brazil

This game will be interesting especially as both sides will be looking to get back to winning ways. Uruguay can certainly take a positive result on Tuesday, but we feel Brazil will take three important points here. (Uruguay vs Brazil Prediction)