The days of them winning the World Cup are long gone, but for a nation so small, Uruguay have been incredibly successful throughout their history. Two World Cup wins in 1930 and 1950 are huge, but they’ve also won the Copa America a record 15 times, even more than the likes of Brazil and Argentina.
Óscar Tabárez has been La Celeste’s manager since 2006 and will likely stick with their usual 4-4-2 formation. Uruguay also currently have a top 5 FIFA ranking, so they could be a threat at the upcoming 2022 World Cup. Uruguay have great attacking talent, but perhaps lack in good defenders, this is how we see them lining up in FIFA 20!
Fernando Muslera (OVR 81 – 81)
Galatasaray retained their Turkish crown last season and conceded a very similar low amount of goals, so Muslera’s ratings should remain static from FIFA 19.
Martin Cáceres (OVR 78 – 78)
Position: CB, RB, LB
Martin Caceres spent last season with both Lazio and Juventus but will be looking to play more regular football at Fiorentina this season. The defender can play all along the backline, but usually plays at left-back for his national side.
We’ll put him at right-back, because Giovanni Gonzalez plays for Penarol in his native country. He played a similar amount of football the previous season, so he’s another player that will stay the same overall from FIFA 19, albeit with a slight decrease to his pace because of his age.
Diego Godin (OVR 90 – 91)
Club: Inter Milan
Arguably the best defender on the planet and undisputedly Uruguay’s most-capped player, Diego Godin is a brilliant captain for his national team.
The veteran has moved to Inter Milan this season and could find himself with an overall upgrade, thanks to scoring more goals the previous campaign. It’ll be interesting to see how he copes in Italy, but based on the performances he’s produced for Atletico Madrid before this, he’ll be a very tough man to get past.
Jose Gimenez (OVR 84 – 85)
Club: Atletico Madrid
The obvious successor to Godin when he retires, Jose Gimenez had partnered the great defender at Aletico Madrid for the past 5 years, but now has his chance to be the leading man.
In terms of his overall rating, Gimenez will likely get a small upgrade to 85 overall, on account of his age and continued success.
Diego Laxalt (OVR 78 – 76)
Position: LM, LB
Although he’s usually played a left midfielder, Diego Laxalt is used as a left-back for his national side. Despite making 20 league appearances for AC Milan last season, Laxalt will ply his trade at Torino this campaign, although no goals and no assists will probably have something to do with that.
His numbers were down from the previous year’s output at Genoa, and I believe his FIFA 20 rating will suffer, he’ll likely be down to 76 for the start of the game.
Nahitan Nández (OVR 75 – 78)
Position: RM, CM
Nahitan Nandez has been playing on the right wing for both Uruguay and his new club Cagliari, so expect his position to change to RM for FIFA 20.
He didn’t play too regularly for Boca Juniors, but he’s hit the ground running in Italy this term, so we expect him to be up to 77 overall for the start of this year’s game.
Rodrigo Bentancur (OVR 76 – 80)
One of the biggest young prospects for Uruguay is Rodrigo Bentancur. The Juventus midfielder was up to a 78 overall by the end of FIFA 19 and we believe he’ll be start this year’s game with an 80 overall.
Bentancur played 31 times for Juve in Serie A last season, scoring twice and assisting 3 times, numbers that are all up on the previous term.
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Matias Vecino (OVR 80 – 80)
Position: CDM, CM
Club: Inter Milan
Federico Valverde may be Uruguay’s biggest prospect for the future, but Matias Vecino plays more often that not alongside Bentancur in midfield.
Vecino was a regular again for Inter Milan last term, and should maintain his 80 overall rating, thanks to three goals and an assist from defensive midfield.
Nicolás Lodeiro (OVR 77 – 80)
Position: CAM, RM, LM, CF
Club: Seattle Sounders
Nicolas Lodeiro is another player that is played outside of what you’d call his comfort zone for his national side. The Sounders winger usually plays at left midfield for Uruguay and it’s a toss-up between him and Giorgian De Arrascaeta for who will get the nod.
Lodeiro scored 9 goals and made 12 assists in the league last season, so we believe he’ll be up to at least 80 overall for the start of FIFA 20.
Edinson Cavani (OVR 89 – 89)
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
On the surface, Edinson Cavani’s 18 goals in Ligue 1 may not be appear to be that impressive, but the striker only played 21 times in the league last term.
He’s also been impressive so far this season, with 2 goals in 3 appearances for PSG. At an 89 overall in FIFA 19, there isn’t much room to improve anyway, so he’ll remain the same overall for FIFA 20, with a slight decrease to his pace as a result of his age.
Luis Suarez (OVR 91 – 90)
Uruguay’s all-time top goalscorer is a legend of the modern game, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to a downgrade. 21 La Liga goals last term for Barcelona is impressive and almost matches his 2017-18 tally, but only 1 Champions League goal won’t do his overall much good.
That and the fact he’s 32 now means that he’ll likely start FIFA 20 with less pace and 1 overall point less.
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On the bench
Martin Campana (OVR 79 – 79) had another solid season for Independiente, so will stay at a 79 overall for FIFA 20.
Sebastian Coates (OVR 82 – 80) was decent at centre-back for Sporting last season, but his club shipped more goals than the previous campaign, so expect a slight downgrade on his FIFA 19 rating.
Marcelo Saracchi (OVR 75 – 75) is another good option from the bench as a left-back. With his pace, though, he can definitely deputise as a left-midfielder.
Federico Valverde (OVR 73 – 78) was up to 76 overall by the end of FIFA 19 and could start 20 as high as 78 after making 16 appearances in his first season at Real Madrid.
Lucas Torreira (OVR 82 -84) was brilliant for Arsenal last term and should be starting more matches for his national side. Brian Lozano (OVR 73 – 73) put up similar numbers to the previous campaign but has hit the ground running this season in Mexico, so expect him to reach gold status soon..
Cristhian Stuani (OVR 80 – 81) increased to an 81 overall by the end of FIFA 19 and will likely stay that overall, despite Girona being relegated to the Spanish second tier.
Uruguay predicted line-up
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