A look ahead to tonight’s clash between Spain and Uruguay.
Where: Itaipava Arena Pernambuco
When: 23.00 BST
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Spain and Uruguay meet in their opening match in the Confederations Cup tonight in what will be one of the most intriguing contests of the competition so far.
The two sides will be big favourites to progress from Group B, which also containts Nigeria and minnows Tahiti, though neither will want to slip up in their opening match.
Spain and Uruguay most recently met earlier this year in February, with Spain winning 3-1 with goals from Fabregas and two from Pedro on that occasion, and Vicente Del Bosque has brought a strong squad to this competition this year, making them favourites to add yet more silverware to their recent collection.
Juan Mata’s fine form for Chelsea looks like it may have earned him a starting place, and Barcelona’s David Villa is likely to start ahead of Fernando Torres upfront. Pedro will provide the width, with the usual suspects of Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta behind them.
Uruguay have some threatening players of their own, and currently boast one of the most dangerous-looking strike pairs in world football with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. Former Atletico Madrid star Diego Forlan is also still in the international fold and has a good record for his country.
Spain will certainly be the favourites, as they are unbeaten in their last 22 games, of which they have won 15. Meanwhile, Uruguay only have one win in their last five. However, even defeat tonight shouldn’t harm their chances of qualifying from the group too much, and they could make an impact at this tournament.