Oscar Tabarez's Uruguayan side are set to begin their Copa adventure in Argentina with an opener against Peru to kickstart their campaign
Uruguay: Muslera; Pereira, Lugano, Victorino, Caceres; Perez, Arevalo, Lodeiro; Cavani, Forlan, Suarez
Uruguay look set to go with an experienced starting XI, lining up in their tried and trusted 4-3-3 formation and utilising much of the team that reached the last four of World Cup 2010. However, most significantly, coach Oscar Tabarez can call on his potentially title-winning trident in attack without any hesitation.
Peru: Fernandez; Rodriguez, Acasiete, Revoredo, Vilchez; Yotun, Guevara, Balbin, Ballon, Advincula; Guerrero
For Peru, a conservative 4-5-1 system will be deployed as they strive to soak up the intense pressure that their opponents are sure to offer. However, coach Sergio Markarian's hopes of Bundesliga stars Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan participating have been dashed, as both have suffered injury setbacks and have been forced to pull out of the 23-man squad. However, other notable faces in their side include Hamburg's Paolo Guerrero as the lone striker, and Almeria centre-back Santiago Acasiete.
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- Uruguay have won Copa America on an impressive 14 occasions, with their last victory coming in 1995.
- In addition, the team that are preparing to face Peru all featured in their World Cup 2010 campaign.
- Striker Diego Forlan is just two goals shy of matching Uruguay's goalscoring record, currently held by Hector Scarone with 31.
- Tabarez's men have won just three of their last seven matches in all competitions, including three defeats.
- Uruguay have won five of their past 10 meetings with Peru, giving them the slight advantage statistically.
- Peru have won two Copa America titles, but only in its previous guise as the South American Championship.
- They have finished as quarter-finalists in the last four editions of the tournament.
- Peru have a relatively inexperienced squad, as their highest-capped player is goalkeeper Leon Butron, with only 36 international appearances to his name.
- Peru have failed to qualify for a World Cup since 1986, when they were lead out by Teofilo Cubillas and Hector Chumpitaz.
- Despite being thrashed by Uruguay 6-0 in Montevideo during the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, Peru won the return match 1-0.