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Uruguay Primera Division: Round Nine

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Footballer Ivan Alonso of Uruguay's team Nacional (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)
Footballer Ivan Alonso of Uruguay's team Nacional (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)

Three matches on Saturday at 15:00(EST)

Racing vs. Defensor Sporting

Last week Andres Fleurquin had a falling out with the president of Defensor Sporting. There were rumors that due to the argument, Fleurquin would not play again for Defensor. However, Fleurquin will play this weekend against Racing and Tabare Silva, stated that “nobody tells him how he should manage his team and Fleurquin did not play in the last fixture because it was his decision.”

Racing: Jorge Contreras, Gonzalo Aguilar, Rodrigo Brasesco, Mauricio Fernandez, Enzo Ruis, Carlos Diaz, Ernesto Dudok, Agustin Gutierrez, Diego Zabala, Luis Gorosito, Carlos Acosta

Defensor lineup: Martin Campana, Emilio Zeballos, Ramos Arias, Mario Risso, Lucas Morales, Juan Carlos Amado, Andres Fleurquin, Felipe Gedoz, Nicolas Olivera, Ignacio Risso, Adrian Luna

River Plate vs. Rentistas

Just like it was predicted Wanderers was a difficult opponent for River Plate. The tie has left River positioned third in the table. River needs to win to put pressure on Nacional and Danubio for the title. As for Rentistas, they suffered an embarrassing lost, 4-0 to El Tanque. They played a horrendous match and El Tanque throughout the match demonstrated the weakness in Rentistas defense.

River Plate: Damian Frascarlli, Luis Torrecilla, Cristian Gonzalez, Flavio Cordoba, Lucas Olaza, Gabriel Marques, Janderson Pereira, Hamilton Pereira, Cristian Techera, Leandro Rodriguez, Diego Casas.

Rentistas: Guillermo Reyes, Sebastian Ramirez, Ignacio Ithurralde,Sabastian Sellanes, Andres Silva, Gabriel Costa, Gonzalo Bazallo, Rodrigo Sebastian Vazquez, Gonzalo Camargo, Danilo Coccaro, Guillermo Maidana

Nacional vs. Liverpool

Arrubarrena will not be making any changes to the starting squad as it they have been meeting the objectives. Topping the table, Nacional is aware just like their opponents, the Apertura title might be determine by a point difference or even goal difference. Liverpool will also present the same squad and it will not be easy for Nacional to defeat Liverpool.

Nacional lineup: Jorge Bava, Pablo Alvarez, Guillermo De los Santos, Andres Scotti, Juan Manuel Diaz, Maximiliano Calzada, Diego Arismendi, Alvaro Fernandez, Gonzalo Ramos, Ivan Alonso, Richard Porta.

Liverpool Lineup: Guillermo De Amores, Agustin Pena, Martin Bonjour, Andres Lamas, Christian Almeida, Gonzalo Sena, Gonzalo Freitas, Raul Ferro, Paulo Pezzolano, Facundo Barcelo, Rodrigo Aguirre

Sundary at 7:15(EST)

Danubio vs. Wanderers

This will be the match to watch on Sunday. Both are great teams and despite Wanderers being at the middle of the table they will put on a great match. Danubio are coming from defeating Defensor and are fighting to top the table. A point difference by Nacional is currently positioning Danubio second.

Danubio: Salvador Ichazo, Hugo Soria, Fabricio Formilliano, Emiliano Velazquez, Jonathan Ricca, Gonzalo Porras, Pablo Miguez, Camilo Mayada, Ignacio Gonzalez, Liber Quinones, Jonathan Alvez

Wanderers: Federico Cristoforo, Mauricio Gomez, Gaston Bueno, Martin Diaz, Martin Rivas, Santiago Martinez, Adrian Colombino, Gaston Rodriguez, Diego Riolfo, Sergio Blanco, Rodrigo Pastorini.

The rest of the fixtures on Sunday will be at 14:00(EST)

El Tanque Sisley vs. Sud America

El Tanque demonstrated great form in their last match by defeating Rentistas 4-0.  Sud America are having a great campaign considered they were promoted this year.

Tanque lineup: Alison Nicola Perez, Juan Pablo Fagundez, Bruno Piano, Carlos Santucho, Jefferson Moreira, Pablo Lima, Gaston Martinez, Jonathan Iglesias, Juan Ignacio Marcarie, Santiago Lamanna, Gaston Puerari,

Sud America lineup: Javier Irazun, Jorge Viotti, Rodrigo Mieres, Maximiliano Pereiro, Richard Pellejero, Fernando Pascual, Angel Luna, Angelo Paleso, Juan Manuel Cobelli, Federico Gallego, Santiago Gonzalez

Fenix vs. Juventud

Fenix has been doing horrible and try to change things around with a few changes in the starting eleven. As the new manager, Juan Tejera has made his objective clear that he will try to get Fenix out of the bottom of table.

Juventud has improved their performance in the last few matches. In the last fixture Juventud did lose but it was against “Nacional”, so it should not be given too much importance. As the smaller teams of Uruguay usually consider the matches against Nacional and Penarol as “lost points” meaning they will likely lose these six points. Often a tie against the bigger teams is a “success” for them. In the starting eleven Darwin Torres will return since he was not able to play the last match against because he is on loan from Nacional.

Fenix lineup: Luis Mejia, Juan Alvez, Maximiliano Perg, Fabricio Silva, Rodrigo Rojo, Gonzalo Papa,  Marcos Mansullino, Christian Silvera, Hernan Novick, Leonardo Melazzi Maximiliano Perez

Juventud lineup: Martin Gongora, Alejandro Reyes, Rodrigo Cabrera, Darwin Torres, Matias Soto, Cristian Latorre, Emiliano Romero, Silvio Dorrego, Gaston Otreras, Nestor Silva, Marco Antonio,

Cerro Largo vs. Cerro

Cerro Largo lineup: Ramiro Bentacur, Raul Etchandia, Marcos Otegui, Alejandro Acosta, Jonathan Souza Motta, Guillermo Moretti, Bruno Silva, Maximiliano Cantera, Adolfo Lima, Rino Lucas, Fabricio Nunez.

Cerro lineup: Rodrigo Odriozola, Gabriel De Leon, Pablo Melo, Alejandro Lago, Daniel Leites, Javier Mendez, Juan Ramon Curbelo, Gustavo Varela, Matias Abisab, Hector Acuna, Hugo Silveira

Penarol vs. Miramar Misiones

Penarol continue to disappoint and now their only objective is to find the right team for “el clasico”.  The management change in the past two fixtures has not made a difference and it reconfirms what the fans believe that Penarol need a lot more than a management change. There should be a roster change, which will highly happen during the next transfer window. The only hope Penarol fans have now is to at least win “el clasico” and with the match being three fixtures away, “Tito” will continue to try finding the best squad for the match.

The Pandiani arrived in Uruguay this week, Walter Pandiani along with his son Nicolas Pandiani. Walter was expected to play this weekend but he will not be eligible due to accumulation of yellow cards, which have been transferred on, from his old club in Spain. As for Nicolas he will have to wait longer to make his debut in Uruguayan football. He will be eligible to play in the Clausura tournament. 

Penarol lineup: Danilo Lerda, Emiliano Albin, Damian Macaluso, Gonzalo Viera, Nicolas Raguso, Sebastian Piriz, Luis Aguiar, Jorge Rodriguez, Gabriel Leyes, Antonio Pacheco

Miramar Misiones lineup: Adrian Berbia, Cristian Coleman, Pablo Pallante, Martin Cardozo, Luis Maldonado, Marcelo Broli, Sebastian Perez, Jonathan Rios,  Ignacio Ignacio Christophersen, Ignacio Colombini, Federico Fernandez