Last Updated on Oct 16, 2021 12:25 PM
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When Argentina hosts Uruguay for their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Monday, they will be seeking to reduce the eight-point deficit to leaders Brazil and solidify their position in the top four. Opponents Uruguay are currently in the fourth position in the standings and they were held to a 0-0 draw by Colombia last time around, which extended their unbeaten run in the Qualifiers to 6 games. Argentina were also held to a 0-0 against Paraguay last time around, which ensured that they remained as one of two unbeaten teams in the group. They also won the last meeting between these sides which was at the Copa America earlier this year.
Lionel Messi is the obvious attacking pick from Argentina. The PSG star has 5 goals so far in the competition and has also created 3 big chances. He also averages 2.7 key passes, 47.9 accurate passes, and 4.3 shots per game.
Joaquin Correa is a great option in this one. In the absence of Lautaro Martinez, Correa will be the target man for Argentina. He has scored 2 goals in the Qualifiers despite starting just 1 game and averages 1.8 shots per game.
Nicolas Otamendi is a good defensive pick from an Argentine defense that has kept clean sheets in their last 2 games. Otamendi also averages 1.9 interceptions to go with 1.4 tackles per game and also averages 50.8 accurate passes per game.
The top scorer for Uruguay, Luis Suarez, is the best attacking option from the visitors. The Atletico Madrid forward has 4 goals in the Qualifiers and he averages 2.2 shots per game.
Federico Valverde is a solid midfield option. The Real Madrid midfielder has one goal so far and has created one big chance as well, while also averaging 37.4 accurate passes per game. He also contributes defensively, with averages of 2.3 interceptions to go with 2.6 tackles per game.
From the Uruguay defense that has also kept clean sheets in their last 2 games, Matias Vina is a great option. He generates solid returns thanks to averages of 1.5 interceptions and 2.5 tackles per game.
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1. Lionel Messi: Messi is without a doubt the best captaincy choice for this game. The former Barcelona forward is in great form for Argentina as he has 3 goals in the last two games. He also assisted their only goal when these sides last met at the Copa America.
2. Luis Suarez: Suarez is the top scorer for Uruguay with 4 goals to his name as mentioned earlier. He also came into this set of Qualifiers in good form, with 2 goalsand an assist in his last 2 games for Atletico Madrid.
3. Joaquin Correa: Correa can be a good captaincy pick. He has 2 goals in the qualifiers so far, with one of them coming in his last 2 games. With Messi creating chances for him, Correa is likely to be involved in the goalmouth action against Uruguay.