Leo Messi and Luis Suarez to face off in the Clsico del Rio de la Plata World Cup Qualifier

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Leo Messi and Luis Suarez

Friday Morning’s World Cup Qualifiers will witness yet another mouth-watering clash with Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez facing off against each other when Argentina meet Uruguay at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza.

Messi and Suarez

Argentina fans will have definitely breathed a heavy sign of relief after Lionel Messi retracted his retirement statement which he delivered after yet another final loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario back in June. The news of the maestro’s retirement sent shockwaves around Argentina as well as Argentina fans all around the world but all ended up on a pretty relaxed note after Messi came back as the captain of his country in lieu of the “Love for his national colours” as per what he stated in his coming-back-from retirement statement.

Also Check: Lionel Messi returns from retirement.

With 13 points from the first six games, Uruguay currently lead the Conmebol zone of qualifying matches for the Russia 2018 World Cup. Meanwhile, Argentina, now managed by Edgardo Bauza, have put a bumpy start behind them and now lie third with 11 points.Argentina and Chile are currently at the third and fourth spots of the tournament’s table with the top four finishers set to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The fifth place finisher will get to enter an inter-confederation playoffs where the final two spots in the World Cup will be available for the winners.

The Argentina National Team is now being managed by new boss Edgardo Bauza after former manager Gerardo Martino resigned last month following another loss in two straight Copa America finals. Bauza officially took over the squad’s rein on Aug. 1 and this match against Uruguay will be the first for the 58-year-old Argentine mentor.Meanwhile, Uruguay will still be managed by Oscar Tabarez, who is in his 10th year as Los Charras head coach.

The highlight of the match will no doubt be the clash between Suarez and Messi though the two attackers are hardly pegged to cross each other’s paths more than a couple of times in the match. Two of the integral players in Barcelona’s MSN attacking trio Messi and Suarez have been the reason for Barcelona’s flying start to the season which saw them grab two wins in two games for the league campaign, thus sitting on the top of the La Liga table.

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Argentina vs Uruguay Probable Starting Line ups:

Argentina starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Romero; Mercado, Demichelis, Funes Mori, Rojo; Biglia, Mascherano, Banega; Messi, Dybala, Di Maria

Uruguay starting lineup (4-4-2 formation): Muslera; Gimenez, Godin, Coates, A. Pereira; Arevalo, Sanchez, Rodriguez, Vecino; Cavani, Surez

Argentina vs Uruguay: Match Predictions:

A very difficult match to predict, Argentina will most probably have the last laugh in a very difficult encounter for them. Our prediction is a 2-1 win for Argentina with Messi, Dybala and Suarez on the scoresheet.

Argentina vs Uruguay: Where to watch and When to watch?

The 184th meeting between the sides commences at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza on Thursdayat 8.30pm local time (Friday morning at 1.30am CET) and for viewers in India the match will commence at 5:00 Am Friday Morning.

The match will be telecasted on Sony ESPN , Sony ESPN HD in India and fuboTV in the Unites States.

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