As World Cup qualifying for CONMEBOL draws to a close, there might not be a bigger match than Argentina vs. Uruguay.
Argentina have already qualified for the 2014 tournament in Brazil and have clinched first place in the table as well. They enter their final match five points clear of Colombia in second.
However, Uruguay still have a lot to play for while currently standing fifth in the table. They trail Ecuador and Chile by three points, two teams that play each other on Tuesday.
The home squad has nothing to lose in this final match and will try to do whatever it takes to get one last win before this round of qualifying ends.
Who will win?
When: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Odds (via SkyBet): Argentina (2-1), Uruguay (13-10), Draw (12-5)
Top Storyline: Can Uruguay Qualify for the World Cup?
It will be incredibly difficult for Uruguay to get one of CONMEBOL's bids to next summer's event. Not only would they have to defeat Argentina, but they would need additional help.
First, Uruguay must hope there is a decisive result in the match between Ecuador and Chile—a draw would put both sides out of reach. After that, they must make up the goal differential of at least four.
Therefore, a 3-0 win by Uruguay and a 2-0 win by Ecuador would be enough to pass Chile and earn a spot.
The good news is there is still another chance if this unlikely event does not occur. As the fifth-place squad, Uruguay would face Asian representative Jordan in a two-leg playoff taking place in November.
Whoever wins that matchup would automatically earn a spot at the 2014 World Cup.
Prediction: Argentina 2, Uruguay 1
This match features the two best scorers in the region in Argentina's Lionel Messi and Uruguay's Luis Suarez. While Messi will miss the contest with a thigh injury, there is still plenty of depth at forward.
That is the difference between these sides, as Argentina can provide plenty of balance with Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and others who have performed well throughout qualifying.
Any of these stars are capable of scoring at any time, and it will be incredibly difficult to defend.
Meanwhile, Suarez will have to do much more himself, with only Edinson Cavani providing a real scoring threat up front. Uruguay will likely be aggressive, but they simply will not be able to get enough goals to win.
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