Defending champion, Uruguay will commence their title defense as they take on CONCACAF invitee, Jamaica on Saturday in Copa America.
Venue: Estadio Regional de Antofagasta
Timing: 12.30 am IST
Where to watch: Sony Six. The match can be streamed live on Livsports
La Celeste, manager of Uruguay will be missing the services of four key players as veterans Diego Lugano, Sebastian Abreu and Martin Caceres vowed out due to injuries while former Old Trafford player, Diego Forlan retired from international football.
The biggest blow for the team will however be missing the in-form Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez who is still under FIFA ban for biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini during last year’s FIFA World Cup.
The absence of Suarez will increase the responsibilities on 28-year-old Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint Germain who alongside Diego Rolan will have to step up their level in order to successfully defend their game.
Cavani and Rolan will be assisted by experts Maxi Pereira, Alvaro Pereira and Diego Godin who will strive to provide countable contributions in the team.
The Caribbeans will have to break the constant attacks by Uruguay if they want to create opportunities for themselves. And players like Leicester City defender Wes Morgan and Crystal Palace defender Adrian Mariappa, chances doesn’t seem unreachable.
Jamaica will look to grab the golden opportunity to play in the tournament that has been offered to them.
In a report by ESPN FC, Cavani has said that the team has to be ‘humble’ like they always have if they want to win.
“We cannot underestimate Jamaica, we just hope we can do a good job against them,” he added in the same report.
In the same report, Winfried Schafer, Jamaica’s coach said that they want to ‘improve’ themselves. “We hope that Uruguay will not have a good day,” he added.
The two sides met thrice with Jamaica’s only win coming long back in 2004.
Uruguay is the most successful team in Copa America, ahead of Argentina and Brazil with a record 15 Copa America titles. Although, they are missing many key players, a victory against Jamaica seems just on the way.