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World Cup group A: Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia team news, kick-off time and TV channel

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could win his 100th cap for his country

Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia
  • When: Wednesday 20 June 
  • Kick-off time: 4pm 
  • Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don 
  • TV channel: live on BBC One

Luis Suarez is set to win his 100th cap for Uruguay in their World Cup group A clash against Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don.

The Barcelona forward struggled to make an impact in Uruguay’s opening match against Egypt, which they won 1-0, and will hope to hit form against a struggling Saudi side.

The Saudis were beaten 5-0 by host nation Russia in the opening match of the World Cup and may find it hard to contain a Uruguay attack featuring Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Goal.com predicts Uruguay will “run riot” at the Rostov Arena. Al Hain-Cole writes: “While Suarez in particular looked far from top form [against Egypt], the prospect of him and Cavani taking on this opposition defence is rather frightening. The Saudis seemed completely incapable of containing a relatively modest Russian outfit last week, lacking defensive shape and any answer to high balls into the box.”

It’s been a tough week for the Saudi squad. As well as the heavy defeat against Russia they also had issues with their flight to Rostov-on-Don when their plane’s engine caught fire.

Team news

Both nations have their full 23-man squads available to choose from, says Sports Illustrated, while The Daily Telegraph reports that Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi could make a number of changes after the 5-0 thumping by Russia. 

Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia predicted starting XIs

How the two teams could line up at the Rostov Arena, according to Fifa.com.

  • Uruguay (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodriguez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani 
  • Saudi Arabia (4-5-1): Mohammed Alowais; Mohammed Alburayk, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Albulayhi, Yasser Alshahrani; Salem Aldawsari, Abdullah Otayf, Salman Alfaraj, Taiseer Aljassam, Yahia Alshehri; Fahad Almuwallad
Group A results, fixtures and live TV channels
  • Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 
  • Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 
  • 19 June: Russia vs. Egypt (7pm, BBC) 
  • 20 June: Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia (4pm, BBC) 
  • 25 June: Uruguay vs. Russia (3pm, ITV); Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt (3pm, ITV4)

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