Three Points Vital For England And Uruguay

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Uruguay v England

Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo
Friday June 20 – 5:00 AM (AEST)

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Uruguay  and England  face off at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on Friday morning (AEST) with the loser almost certainly to be knocked out of the World Cup.

Uruguay were victims of the first major upset of the tournament on Sunday when 28th ranked Costa Rica came from behind to win 3-1. Injured striker Luis Suarez, arguably one of the most in form players in the world right now, could only watch on from the sidelines as he continued to recover from an ankle injury. The 27-year-old will have his chance this Friday to pick up the pieces from that loss and steer Uruguay to a win, with the number nine expected to be included in the starting 11. There’s no doubt he will be relishing to team up with PSG’s Edinson Cavani on the big stage, their partnership regarded as one of the most feared in the tournament.

The start of England’s World Cup campaign was far from ideal, but the three lions were brave in defeat. They performed well against an Italy side that flows with talent and experience. Roy Hodgson’s men created a number of chances and looked dangerous in the final third. Wayne Rooney’s performance was heavily criticised by the English media, with the Manchester United striker struggling to break down the Azzurri defence. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s impact up front was evident, and the 24-year-old was at hand to net his side’s equaliser. It will be a weird feeling for Sturridge on Friday morning, who for the first time lines up against Suarez, his Liverpool team mate that he has formed one of the great English Premier League partnerships of all time.

Uruguay were dismal on the first day. England, on the other hand, played to their potential and were unlucky not to come away with at least a draw. England head into this clash as favourites in a match the market suggests could go either way. Uruguay will fancy themselves though and with Luis Suarez at the front of the sky blue’s attack, there’s every chance they can nick a win.


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