Uruguay vs. Slovenia: Date, Time, Live Stream, Prediction and Preview

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Uruguay vs. Slovenia: Date, Time, Live Stream, Prediction and Preview
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England's World Cup Group D opponents, Uruguay, complete their preparations for Brazil with a final warm-up game against Slovenia on Wednesday at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.

Coming on the back of a laboured 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland on Friday, Uruguay will be looking for vast improvement in their last competitive outing before meeting Costa Rica for their first group game on June 14.

Slovenia are not competing in this summer's showpiece event in South America and were 2-0 losers to Algeria in their last outing back in March. 

Read on for live streaming information for Wednesday's game as well as a preview of the match.

 

Date/Time: Thursday, June 5 at 12:30 a.m. BST; Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Live Stream: bet365 EXTRA (UK only) 

 

Uruguay Yet to Hit Top Gear

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Uruguay only just made it to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after they were forced into the play-offs, having finished fifth in Conmebol, qualifying behind Ecuador, Chile, Colombia and Argentina.

They hammered Jordan 5-0 in the first leg of their play-off to secure their spot—drawing 0-0 in the second leg—but they have not shown the quality of 2010, when they finished third in South Africa.

They are not the strongest at the back, conceding 25 goals from their 16 qualifying games, per Eurosport, but Slovenia should not cause too many problems for their defensive line.

However, they do boast attacking stars with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and the ageing—but still effective—Diego Forlan, who will be looking to break a national record at the World Cup, per Infostrada Sports:

Manager Oscar Tabarez is fond of a counter-attacking style as his side are not necessarily the most confident team in possession. However, Slovenia are unlikely to dominate the ball, and thus Wednesday's game will give Uruguay more of an opportunity to work with the ball at their feet.

This will be key for their preparations, as their first opponents in the group stages are Costa Rica who will likely also allow La Celeste the majority of the ball.

Slovenia are not a particularly strong team, and although they will go out on Wednesday to frustrate the home side, Uruguay must pick up a convincing win to boost squad morale.

This is their last chance before the start of the World Cup to gain some momentum, and against opponents such as Slovenia, they need to make it count.

 

Attack Without Suarez

Matilde Campodonico/Associated Press

Suarez missed out on the game against Northern Ireland because he is still recovering from knee surgery, and he will not play against Slovenia either. He may also miss the start of the World Cup, maybe even all of it.

What is guaranteed is that Tabarez needs to work out a system of playing without their star man, who was top scorer in qualifying, per InsideWorldFootball:

Even if he does return in time for the World Cup, Suarez is unlikely to be fully fit and will be susceptible to further injury.

Thus Cavani is now needed more than ever to perform at the top of his game, having scored 16 goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances for PSG as they won the French league, per WhoScored.com.

Furthermore, they will need all of Forlan's experience leading the line, although the veteran forward is eager to see Suarez return for the good of the team, per ITV Football.

Slovenia will present a tricky challenge in terms of goalscoring, as they will look to frustrate Uruguay. But if the South American side's attacking players can organise themselves properly and perform, they should be able to net a few goals.

A good performance from Uruguay's attacking unit against Slovenia would be a huge fillip ahead of the World Cup, as Suarez is likely to miss at least a little of their campaign.

Prediction: Uruguay to beat Slovenia 2-0

 

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