Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nacional visit Danubio to get season started

Finally, the new season in Uruguay's Primera División is about to begin today. Two games will be played at 20:30 CET, one of them Danubio - Nacional. Here is all you need to know ahead of the season start.

Nacional - Danubio in Uruguay today (Photo:
When Nacional travel to the Estadio Jardines del Hipódromo later today, they find themselves confronted with a tough challenge to begin with. From the past 6 games against Danubio, Uruguay's record champion could only win one while losing the other five. Their advantage this time around might be that no team really knows where it stands before things get started. 

The prolonged summer break due to safety concerns surrounding the big stadiums left the teams with a lot of friendlies to be played throughout the past weeks. When it gets serious today, Martín Lasarte's team will be without their captain. Diego Polenta was one of the players losing their cool during the meltdown at the end of last season. 

His replacement will likely be Rafael García. The Nacional youth product returned to the club this summer from his loan to Argentina's Defensa y Justicia. Possible returns to the field also include midfielder Diego Arismendi and winger Tabaré Viudez. Especially the latter could prove vital going forward with his speed and smart movement. 

Lasarte nominated the following players for the travel to play Danubio:

Esteban Conde, Luis Mejía.
Jorge Fucile, Mauricio Victorino, Rafael García, Alfonso Espino, Mathías Olivera, Agustín Lapido.
Diego Arismendi, Gonzalo Porras, Felipe Carballo, Sebastián Rodríguez, Santiago Romero, Martín Ligüera.
Leandro Barcia, Brian Lozano, Tabaré Viudez, Kevin Ramírez, Hugo Silveira, Sebastián Fernández.

This would make the following lineup look likely:
Conde - Fucile, Victorino, Garcia, Espino - Romero, Arismendi - Barcia, Lozano - Ramírez, Viudez.

 As you can tell, there are so many options, especially offensively, producing trouble to even fit everyone into a lineup. Good news for Lasarte, experienced Ligüera is a fantastic midfielder too.

Danubio on the other end will be without two players. Right midfielder Jorge Graví is suspended due to his accumulation of yellow cards. Offensive midfielder Marcelo Tabárez is dealing with a knee injury. They are two regulars on the team and will be missed by coach Leandro Ramos.

Centre-back Cristian González has left Danubio to join Sevilla's B team in Spain. He will leave a vacancy at the back as well.

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