Uruguay unlikely to shift Real Madrid star Valverde forward after consecutive scoreless outings

Uruguay head coach Diego Alonso believes his Real Madrid star Federico Valverde is best suited as a defensive midfielder, but that the team will need to perform better as a whole to allow him to “shine more”.

Alonso’s comments came after Monday’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Portugal, leaving Uruguay alongside Mexico and Tunisia as the only teams without a goal through two matches.

Following their failure to score in their 0-0 opener against South Korea, Uruguay were well-handled by the Portuguese, controlling only 40 per cent of the possession, although they only narrowly trailed in expected goals 1.33 to 1.27.

Not short on talent, Uruguay fielded a starting XI that included Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez and 135-cap veteran Edinson Cavani up front, while Tottenham’s Rodrigo Betancur partnered Valverde in midfield.

Having played both in central midfield and on the wing for Madrid, Valverde was deployed in the engine room against Portugal,

Prediction: Wales vs England – Soccer News

Verdict: England win

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is a real British battle on Tuesday night, England will meet Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium for their final Group B showdown.

Wales

Starting with Wales, while Rob Page’s men might have opened their World Cup return with the mood in their camp at a red-hot high, the Dragons have failed to make any kind of impact in Qatar. Although the Reds might have managed to snatch a 1-1 draw against the USA last week as they got their Group B adventure underway, they certainly came crashing back down to earth a few days ago. Putting in a downbeat display and suffering last-gasp heartbreak against Iran as they eventually slumped to a 2-0 loss, Wales need a miracle if they’re to somehow find a route to the knockout stage. Enduring a real Nations League nightmare earlier in the

Bitesize Prediction: Lugo vs Levante – 27/11/22

Competition: Spanish Segunda

Market: Levante win

Odds: 11/10 @ 888sport

Looking to extend on their unbeaten run this weekend, Levante will make the trip to a struggling Lugo on Sunday afternoon.

Starting with the hosts, while Lugo might have managed to extend on their Segunda status last season, Hernan Perez’s side find themselves at the heart of a real relegation scrap. Sat three points adrift of safety and knowing that they face a tough task this weekend, the Albivermellos are in the midst of a nightmare run of form. Last seen getting hit with a woeful 4-0 drumming away at Andorra, the one-time Real Madrid coach has seen his downbeat squad pick up just a pair of points from any of their last five second-tier showdowns. Likewise, despite claiming a much-needed 2-0 win against Burgos on October 23rd, that is the only victory that Lugo have claimed from any of

Hernandez undergoes successful surgery after rupturing ACL in World Cup opener

Lucas Hernandez has successfully undergone surgery after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in France’s 4-1 World Cup opening win against Australia on Tuesday.

Hernandez’s club Bayern Munich confirmed he had the operation in Innsbruck on Thursday, with his rehabilitation to commence in Munich in the coming days.

The defender was ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup due to the injury that saw him replaced after only 13 minutes.

Bayern did not provide a timeframe on Hernandez’s recovery but it is expected he will miss the rest of the 2022-23 season.

Hernandez is the latest injury blow for the world champions, who saw Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Christopher Nkunku all ruled out before the tournament started.

France head coach Didier Deschamps said after Tuesday’s

Bitesize Prediction: Uruguay vs South Korea – 24/11/22

Competition: World Cup

Market: Uruguay win

Odds: 8/11 @ 888sport

Looking to open their Group H adventure with an early statement in Al Rayyan, Uruguay will meet South Korea on Thursday afternoon.

Starting with Uruguay, while they might have been struck by a shock 1-0 loss at the hands of Iran back in September, the South American giants have proven that was nothing more than just a minor blip. Last seen signing off their pre-World Cup preparations with an eye-catching 2-0 victory against Canada, Diego Alonso’s men have their sights firmly set on clinching a route out of Group H this year. Booking their ticket to Qatar with break much of a sweat during their qualifying run, Uruguay are enjoying what has been an impressive flurry in 2022. Including a thumping 3-0 win away at Mexico earlier in the year, Alonso’s side have lost just one of their previous nine