Uruguay Vs Japan Dream11 Prediction: The SportsRush brings you the Dream11 prediction between Uruguay and Japan.
Uruguay’s second game is upon as they get ready to face visitors to their continent – Japan. In what was Japan’s first ever game in the Copa America, they were up against the defending Champions, Chile and got absolutely thrashed. Alexis Sanchez and co. left no scope for an attack from Japan as they scored 3 in the second half to complete a 4-0 win.
Japan are not used to the climate, or the level of physicality, and are definitely not favourites against Uruguay either.
Uruguay Vs Japan Dream11 Team
Fernando Muslera: The Uruguayan veteran goalkeeper is my pick for this game. He kept a clean sheet against Ecuador in a 4-0 victory, even though he didn’t have a lot to do. We expect the same to happen as Japan try to take on the Latin giants.
Diego Godin: One of the best captains in modern football, Diego Godin has been consistently performing for Uruguay and Atletico Madrid for years now. His athleticism and strength help him dominate most duels. The 33-year-old has one of the best headers of the ball in the world, and is a major threat from indirect set pieces. Godin was also part of the goal contributions against Ecuador, assisting Cavani for his team’s second of the game.
Diego Laxalt: Laxalt is a versatile left-footed player who prefers to play on the left flank, on any position. He’s started as an LM and LW for Milan and Genoa, which makes him very dangerous when Uruguay is attacking the counter. He had a good game against Ecuador, and won’t stop against Japan either.
Daiki Sugioka: Starting Left Back for Japan, Sugioka was completely shut out by Chile in the previous game. Despite that, he won 8 of his 11 duels and put in 2 key passes. If Daiki is given space on the wing by Uruguay, he can be a major threat.
Rodrigo Bentancur: The 21-year-old has already played at the top level with Juventus and has been given the starting spot at CM over Lucas Torreira. He made the most of it vs Ecuador, winning almost all his duels, completing several long balls to his brilliant striker, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, and only fouling once in the process.
Nicolas Lodeiro: Uruguay’s no. 7 is high stamina, high pressing, creative winger. He plays on the LM position for his team and creates several chances through crosses and layoffs. He scored the opener for Uruguay off a Suarez assist, and went on to create more than 5 goalscoring chances alone.
Takefusa Kubo: Real Madrid’s new wonderkid, Kubo started and played the previous game as a shadow striker. The 18-year-old, like many of his teammates didn’t have a good game, but he did create several chances, including channels for his wingers to run into. We can expect him to go again vs Uruguay.
Shoya Nakajima: Japan have a fast-paced team that becomes evident when you have someone like Nakajima in your team. The no. 10 can play on the wing and at attacking midfield for his team, and created the most chances of any Japanese player against Chile.
Luis Suarez(C): Suarez is a whole different beast with his National Team. He’s the top scorer of Uruguay with 55 goals and doesn’t seem to stop. At 32, Suarez ran the show against Ecuador, scoring once and assisting once. He had 2 shots on target, 2 key passes, and attempted 5 crosses. His partnership with Edinson Cavani is extremely threatening and always gets the better of defenders. Luis Suarez is my Dream11 captain and there’s no doubt he’ll be on peak display tomorrow, too.
Edinson Cavani(VC): Uruguay’s strike partnership is completed by a fellow 32-year-old, Edinson Cavani. The PSG forward has been bombing for years in Europe and with the national team, and is only bested by El Pistolero in the Uruguayan all-time scoring charts. He, too, scored a goal against Ecuador coming off a long ball from his captain. Cavani can poach, create, shoot from distance and is my Vice-captain for the game.
Ayase Ueda: Japanese striker Ueda didn’t have a lot to do against Chile, which wasn’t his fault. His midfield had what was nothing short of a mediocre game, and relied heavily on the talents of 18-year-old Kubo. Ueda is probably their best bet to get on the scoresheet, i.e. if he’s given enough options.
Disclaimer: This team is made on the basis of our research for the game. This XI is what we think would work – you’re free to choose your own XI.