Uruguay v Costa Rica preview - Liverpool forward likely to be rested

Uruguay Football Stadium

Uruguay are seen as the favourites to win Group D, while Costa Rica will be trying everything they can to not be just a team making up the numbers.

To be played on Saturday 14th June 2014 at 20:00. Venue: Castelao, Fortaleza.

Odds: Uruguay 2/5, Draw 16/5, Costa Rica 8/1

Preview & injury news

Costa Rica will be counting their blessings in disguise as Uruguay will be likely to rest Luis Suarez for their World Cup Group D clash.

Given that Uruguay should have enough about them to see off the Costa Ricans, they will not want to take the risk of further injury by rushing back Suarez too soon, and instead save the Liverpool striker for the England game.

Both of these nations are close to the Brazilian border and will be fairly used to the conditions. However, Costa Rica will be troubled by the fact they have only won one game in their last six. They will mainly looking to Arsenal striker Joel Campbell to help lead a fighting chance.

Suarez is likely to be rested and there are no fresh injury concerns for Costa Rica.

Key stats

1) Costa Rica have never beaten Uruguay in eight attempts in all competitions.

2) Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time top scorer with 38 goals in 77 games.

3) Diego Floran is Uruguay’s most capped player with 110 at 35 years old.

Five players to watch

Diego Forlan - Given that Suarez will likely be rested, Forlan could in fact take back over as his country's leading top scorer if he bags a hat-trick. He’s certainly not a bad replacement.

Joel Campbell - Manchester United fans know how deadly this man is, as he scored against them for Olympiacos in the Champions League. He will be key to every Costa Rica attack.

Edinson Cavani - Scoring 25 goals in all competition in your first season for a new team is a great start. Cavani will be hoping to take his form forward into this game and grab goals in Brazil.

Bryan Ruiz - The Fulham man has had a hard time making an impression at Craven Cottage, but he definitely has class. He can easily cause the Uruguayan defence problems.

Diego Godin - Winning La Liga and reaching the Champions League final is the mark of a successful season. Godin will have a simple job against Costa Rica - that’s to stay solid and make no mistakes.

Last time they met

Uruguay 1-1 Costa Rica - November, 2009

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