Uruguay v South Korea preview
First quarter-final spot up for grabs
Last Updated: June 26, 2010 1:43pm
The opening game of the last 16 sees Uruguay take on South Korea in Port Elizabeth.
Uruguay booked their place in the knockout phase after winning Group A, coming through with two wins and a draw, while South Korea progressed from Group B after a win, loss and a draw.
The South Americans go into the game as favourites, also knowing that they have never lost to South Korea in four previous meetings - winning three and drawing one.
Uruguay also come into the match on the back of two successive wins. Having drawn the opening game against France, they reeled off victories against hosts South Africa and Mexico.
The Koreans won their first game against Greece, before losing to Argentina and then drawing with Nigeria, which was enough for them to progress.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has already spoken of his desire to progress further and the draw looks kind for La Celeste, as victory over South Korea will result in a quarter-final clash against either USA or Ghana.
Tabarez's side have been rejuvenated since beating South Africa and that coincided with a change in tactics for Uruguay as they adopted a three-pronged attack with highly-rated Palermo forward Edinson Cavani joining the prolific duo of Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan.
Cavani looks set to keep his place against Korea, as does Jorge Fucile, who again came in following the draw with France.
Diego Godin missed the Mexico game through injury and was replaced by Mauricio Victorino but the Villarreal defender should return if declared fit.
South Korea, although having just one win under their belt, will also see the draw as a favourable one and will look to take advantage and progress to the latter stages.
South Korea brought Cha Du-ri back into their side for the clash with Nigeria and he looks set to keep his place at right-back.
Du-ri aside, coach Huh Jung-moo will stick to his favoured 4-4-2 line-up with star men Park Ji-sung and Lee Chung-yong providing the big threat from the flanks.