Uruguay is facing an intercontinental playoff for the second consecutive World Cup qualifying cycle, and they're even bigger favorites this time around than they were against Costa Rica back in 2009. Oscar Tabarez's men are expected to comfortably get by Jordan to qualify for the finals, with the away leg in Amman up first on Wednesday.
While Jordan lack for world class players, they have proven extremely tough to beat at home. They own victories over Australia and Japan on home turf and didn't lose in any of their five matches during the final phase of qualifying and the AFC playoff to get into the intercontinental playoff.
Uruguay were without some of their best players due to injuries and suspensions during the last international break, but have a full squad at their disposal for the next two games. Their defense is healed up, meaning they'll no longer need to rely on 37-year-old Andres Scotti and 18-year-old Jose Maria Gimenez.
Jordan will be without two of their biggest attacking fixtures during this playoff. Veteran playmaker Amer Deeb and joint-leading scorer Hassan Abdel-Fattah were both left off the squad. Experienced goalkeeper Amer Shafi also missed out on the squad due to an injury.
Match date/time: Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. ET, 5:45 p.m. local
Venue: Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan
TV: One World Sports (U.S.), EuroSport (U.K.)