FIFA U-20 World Cup: Gambia Hoping to do a Nigeria in Uruguay Battle

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Gambia Hoping to do a Nigeria in Uruguay Battle
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All eyes will be on Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero on Thursday, as Gambia U20 and Uruguay U20 square off for a place in the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The Gambians will seek motivation from Nigeria, who trumped hosts and favourites Argentina in the Round of 16 to clinch their quarterfinal berth.

Gambia U20 vs Uruguay Match Preview

Gambia

The African U20 finalists have made just two appearances in this competition, having made their first appearance in the 2007 edition where they got to the round of 16. They're looking to better that record this time as they take on Uruguay in a match the Africans are viewed as the underdogs.

Gambia U20 are unbeaten so far in this competition, finishing Group F on top with two wins and one draw. They're coming into this match from a goalless draw in the final match of the group stage against South Korea. They'll be eager to continue their impressive run as they take on Uruguay.

Form Guide: WLWWD

Uruguay

Uruguay U20 confirmed their 2nd place finish in Group E in the third match of the group stage against Tunisia. An injury time penalty goal from Franco Gonzalez gave the South Americans all three points. They finished second in Group E only behind England which meant that Uruguay qualified for the knockout round for the 13th time.

The South Americans are in good form, they've lost just one of their last five games. They're favoured to win against Gambia, but in football, 90 minutes decides who comes out on top.

Form Guide: WWWLW

Gambia U20 vs Uruguay Match Predictions

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1st Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Our first prediction for this match will be on the Goal-Goal Yes/No Market. Granted, Gambia are coming into this match from a goalless encounter in their last match, it was a game both teams needed a point to ensure their places in the Group, they've scored in both of their first two games before that. Meanwhile Uruguay have scored in all three of their games in this competition. Keeping these in mind, our first Gambia vs Uruguay prediction is that both teams will score.

2nd Prediction: First-half Over 0.5

We'll like to point out that both teams have scored in the first-half in two of their last three games. We're backing them to score once more as they face-off against each other.

Head-to-Head Records

  • Both countries will be facing each other at this level for the first time.
  • Uruguay are the better scoring team between the two with 7-4 goals scored in the group stage.
  • Uruguay have won eight and lost two in their last ten games. Meanwhile Gambia have won seven, lost two and drawn one in their last ten games.

Gambia U20 vs Uruguay U20 Lineups

Official lineups for this encounter will be made available about an hour before the match.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gambia U20 vs Uruguay U20

Which team are the bookmakers favourites to win the match?

Uruguay are clearly favoured by the bookies to win the match.

Where can I get a ticket to watch this match?

You can visit the FIFA+ site if you're in Argentina to get the latest match ticket information.

What is the time of kick-off?

This Round of 16 clash is scheduled to start at 18:30 BST.

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