Brazil face Uruguay at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night, with a myriad of top-class talents expected to feature for both sides.
The two teams will arrive at Arsenal’s home ground for an 8pm kick-off on Friday, 16th November 2018.
The squads for the clash were announced by Arsenal last month. They featured the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Marcelo, Diego Godin, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, as well as Premier League stars like Alisson, Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Richarlison and Arsenal’s own Lucas Torreira.
How do the two teams match up historically?
Brazil have the better of head-to-head matches between the two, winning 37 games to Uruguay’s 21. The pair drew the remaining 17 games between them.
Recently, the traffic has been even more one-way though. Uruguay last beat Brazil all the way back in 2001, and Brazil have won six of the nine matches since then. The most recent clash, in 2017, ended 4-1 to Brazil, with Paulinho scoring a hat-trick.
Which team is in better form?
Uruguay are going through a bit of a difficult spell at the moment. After losing to eventual winners France in the World Cup quarter-finals, they completed a resounding 4-1 victory over Mexico, but they followed that up with consecutive defeats to South Korea and Japan.
Both losses were only by a single goal but, nonetheless, you’d still expect Uruguay to do better against that calibre of opposition. Now, they have a chance to prove themselves against a Brazil side performing much more impressively.
Brazil also crashed out in the World Cup quarter-finals, losing to Belgium. However, they’ve won every match since then, defeating the USA, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia and Argentina. During that spell, they’ve scored 10 goals and conceded none.
Who’s the favourite?
Taking a look at the odds for the match, it’s no surprise that Brazil are therefore the favourites for victory. 888sport have them at 11/20 to win the match, whilst Uruguay are at 23/5.
Perhaps home advantage for Lucas Torreira will play a part though, with the Arsenal fans in attendance getting behind their star man. The 22-year-old recently talked about how hearing his new song makes him ‘very proud’, and he told the Uruguayan media he’s ‘adapting’ to life in England now, so maybe Gunners fans will spur him on to a win.
If you wanted to put money on a Uruguay victory, then using this bets calculator you can see a £10 bet would give you £46 profit.
Neymar is the only player who’s odds-on to score anytime, at 49/50. Torreira doesn’t quite get as much backing from the bookies, at 10/1. Uruguayan pair Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez are both at 29/10.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but let’s hope for an exciting match.