[WATCH/STREAMS!] Argentina vs Uruguay Live Free Online Broadcast 16 November 2023
Reigning World Cup champions Argentina will look to preserve their perfect start in 2026 CONMEBOL qualification when they welcome Uruguay to La Bombonera in Buenos Aires on Thursday night. Where to watch Argentina vs Uruguay live stream: TV channel, lineups, odds for World Cup 2026 qualifier
La Albiceleste enter Thursday's contest against their historic rivals in buoyant mood as they have won all of their four qualification games so far and sit at the top of the table with 12 points.
The visitors, meanwhile, are second with seven points after four rounds, level with third-placed Brazil and fourth-placed Venezuela. La Celeste will be looking to build on their impressive 2-0 victory over South American giants Brazil in their most recent qualifier last month.
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Argentina vs Uruguay kick-off time
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023
Kick-off time: 7:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT
Venue: Estadio La Bombonera
The CONMEBOL qualifier game between Argentina and Uruguay will be played at Estadio La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, November 16, 2023. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. ET/ 4:00 p.m. PT for fans in the US.
Argentina have called up Mallorca's Spanish defender Pablo Maffeo and Olympiakos left-back Francisco Ortega for the first time ahead of this month's World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil in the squad. Benfica forward Angel Di Maria is back in the squad after missing last month's qualifiers due to injury.
Captain and eight-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi is set to continue in attack and could be supported by Julian Alvarez and Nicolas Gonzalez.
Uruguay will be without the services of Boca Juniors' veteran striker Edinson Cavani due to a muscle issue. On the flip side, La Celeste's all-time leading goal-scorer Luis Suarez (68) has returned to the senior squad for the first time since the 2022 World Cup, but the 36-year-old Gremio striker may have to contend with a spot on the bench to start with as Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez might be preferred to start as the more dynamic and energetic option up front.
Real Madrid's Federico Valverde and Paris Saint-Germain's Manuel Ugarte will form the midfield pivot in the engine room, while River Plate playmaker Nicolas de la Cruz could retain his place in the creative number 10 role.
La Albiceleste's victory in the 2022 World Cup has been followed up by a storming start to the qualification process for the 2026 tournament, with Argentina winning four games from four so far to sit top of the CONMEBOL table.
Now they face a Uruguay side who held Brazil earlier in the competition, and who have a 36-year-old Luis Suarez recalled and potentially ready to inspire them against his old Barcelona teammate Messi. It should be an intriguing tie between two of South America's major football forces.
Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho didn't make the Argentina squad, which is a sign of how much strength in depth Scaloni can call upon in his squad. Lionel Messi will start in a free role, with the likes of Rodrigo de Paul and Enzo Fernandez tasked with covering the ground behind him.
Luis Suarez is back in Marcelo Bielsa's squad, but it looks unlikely that he'll start the game, given his advancing years and the presence of Liverpool's Darwin Nunez. He could be an impact sub, with the side built around Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde and Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo.
With Argentina in excellent form, and with Messi in tow, a straightforward home win seems like the obvious bet in this one. Few international squads can compare to the one at Lionel Scaloni's disposal and they should win a fairly low-scoring affair in the Argentine capital to keep up their perfect CONMEBOL qualifying record to date.
The latest round of World Cup qualifying in South America kicks off with a high-stakes encounter between the top two teams in the continent. Neighbors Argentina and Uruguay occupy the top two spots in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying four games into the campaign, but the former sit atop the rankings after a perfect start. Reigning World Cup winners Argentina will stay there win, lose, or draw but with Lionel Messi expected to be fit, they are the favorites to take all three points in this one.
Argentina have had to perform with and without Messi during the early stages of the qualifying campaign and found a way to win each time. Having the Ballon d'Or winner around after recovering from a recent injury spell will be a plus, despite the fact that he has played just once in the last 25 days.
Messi is obviously the focal point of the team with three goals in two games, but he will be supported by a full-strength squad that is similarly expected to deliver, especially in attack. Nicolas Gonzalez and Enzo Fernandez each have a goal and assist in World Cup qualifying, while Angel Di Maria has two assists as he completes his final matches in an Argentina shirt. Di Maria will retire from the national team after next summer's Copa America.
The reigning world champions have started the road towards the 2026 World Cup in great fashion, having won all four games so far. Lionel Messi and company are top of the standings with 12 points, five points clear of their upcoming opponents.
La Celeste have started the Marcelo Bielsa era on the right foot, claiming 7 points in their first four matches (W2 D1 L1). The upcoming game will probably be the most challenging fixture in a while for Uruguay, so it will be interesting to see what they can do at La Bombonera.
La Charruas will host the Gauchos on what has always been a great game. Since Bielsa took the helm, Uruguay has been the new team in South America. Even though Argentina has yet to lose a game in the qualifiers and in several games since the World Cup, Uruguay may be the team to do it. They have the talent and the coaching power.
Argentina’s run is incredible. They are unbeaten in the qualifiers and keep looking like a machine after winning the World Cup in December. Messi will be ready to showcase why he is the current Balon ‘d’Or winner. It won’t be easy for them as the Charruas are a great team.
Hard to predict this game. But Uruguay is a hard team even for an Argentina team who hasn’t lost yet in these qualifications. Bielsa is the coach to actually get the better of los Gauchos and getting a win for los Charruas.
It is expected that Lionel Messi will start with the sky-blue and white jersey against Uruguay at La Bombonera. The question for Lionel Scaloni is whether Lautaro Martínez and Julián Alvarez will be in the forward line, or if Angel Di María will play in the team.
The Uruguayans arrive in great form for the Rio de la Plata Clasico. They defeated Brazil 2-0 in the last match, breaking an eight-year unbeaten streak for the Brazilians in qualifiers. Under the leadership of coach Marcelo Bielsa, Uruguay is currently in second place with 7 points.