Uruguay will be on the shortlist of teams considered contenders to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Austria, on the other hand, won't even be participating in the tournament.
So, yes, when the two countries meet in an international friendly on Wednesday, it's the South American side that will be heavily favored.
But can the Austrians pull off the surprise? Or will Uruguay hammer them, as many expect? Let's preview this international friendly.
When: Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. GMT
Where: Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria
Watch: beIN Sports Play
Uruguayan fans hoping to see the full squad in action will be disappointed, as star striker and PSG man Edinson Cavani won't be playing due to injury. But with Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan roaming around in the attacking areas, Uruguay won't be lacking for firepower.
The Austrians aren't on nearly the same level as Uruguay and won't be traveling to Brazil for this year's World Cup but don't expect them to roll over. As defender Sebastian Prodl noted, via Soccerway, the team is approaching this match with the utmost focus:
We take this test very seriously. There is to be no easy task against number seven in the FIFA world rankings, but we do not need to hide. We want to present ourselves well in Klagenfurt, but our goal is to qualify for the European Championship finals in France.
Prodl will have his hands full with Suarez, that much is for certain. The Liverpool striker has now scored 24 goals and added 10 assists in 23 Premier League games, earning a whopping 8.63 average match rating from WhoScored for his efforts.
You could argue that he's the most dangerous forward in world football this season, though of course players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic might take issue with that claim.
Uruguay is hardly a one-man team, of course, but you can bet Austria will be primarily focused on bottling up Suarez.
For Austria, the biggest news is that forward Philipp Hosiner has not been selected for this friendly. Considering he has nine goals in 22 domestic matches for Austria Wien this season—and scored 29 a year ago—his exclusion is a curious one.
Austria aren't a poor team, but they aren't good enough to beat Uruguay, even as the hosts. Suarez alone could score two or three goals, while Forlan always seems good for a spectacular moment or two.
The Austrians will be best served remaining sturdy at the back, cautious in attack and keeping things congested in the midfield. Trying to meet Uruguay blow-for-blow will leave them too vulnerable to the considerable attacking talent the Uruguayans possess.
But expect Uruguay to score some goals nonetheless. They win, 3-0.
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