It’s hard to think of a bigger David vs Goliath scenario, as Uruguay arrive in Amman to play a Jordan side that has only one player that’s currently with a European club, but as someone from the South American team mentioned, you don’t need elite footballers to make a match very tough on any opponent.
While Uruguay are huge favorites away from home as well, the plan is to not go out of their minds in order to finish the encounter in Jordan. Patience and taking the game to Montevideo for the decision is probably something everyone among the Los Charrúas is thinking heading into this tricky match.
Jordan didn’t look very impressive during the qualifying campaign, finishing third in a group that included Japan and Australia. The good news for them is that they’ve managed to beat both Japan and Australia when the two visited Amman, which means Uruguay can’t expect to see a side that is looking only to walk away with a 0-0 draw.
Jordan have conceded 16 times during their qualifying campaign, and their usual 4-4-2 tactic will probably be a lot more compact and defensive than it is on less important circumstances, especially considering the strike force arriving.
Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have combined to score 16 goals in the qualifying campaign which started out terribly, but winning four of the final five matches was enough to put Uruguay above Venezuela for fifth place means they couldn’t be in better for heading into this match.
Uruguay haven’t made consecutive World Cups since their short streak in 1986 and 1990, but they couldn’t have asked for a weaker opponent, despite the cliche suggesting that no rival is an easy one at this stage of the competition. With Suarez in the best for of his career and Cavani not too far behind, not to mention a superior midfield and defense, it’s hard to see Jordan getting past Uruguay, let alone surprising them in Amman.
Prediction – Jordan have Ahmad Hayel Ibrahim with his 7 goals in the qualifying campaign to count on, and that’s about it. Uruguay might be a weaker side than they were in the 2010 World Cup, but it’s to imagine them not coming away with a win from this one.