Two-time world champions Uruguay are already in must-win territory ahead of the away game against Bolivia if they want to qualify for the World Cup tournament in Qatar in 2022 thanks to their recent run of three straight defeats.

The Uruguayans are already out of both the automatic spots and the playoff place ahead of the final five matchdays. The abovementioned run of three successive losses has left star player Luis Suarez and Uruguay in sixth place on the South American table for the 2022 World Cup tournament. They have 16 points from 13 games, which is the same points as Chile in the fourth and final automatic slot and as Colombia in the playoff slot. The first four teams on the South American standings are guaranteed a place in Qatar next year, while the fifth team must pass through the playoffs.

Uruguay were on an impressive run of six qualifying games without defeat until they met Argentina away from home last month. Lionel Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez were all on target as Argentina secured a 3-0 home win over the Uruguayans to end their unbeaten run consisting of two wins and four draws. The run had started on the back of the 2-0 home defeat to Brazil. The Brazilians thrashed Uruguay 4-1 at home when the two teams met again last month before the 1-0 home defeat to the Argentines on Friday night took the losing run for the Uruguayans to three games. Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Angel Di Maria scored the lone goal for Argentina as early as the seventh minute.

Uruguay will look to Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez for inspiration in the quest to stop the rot against hosts Bolivia on Tuesday night. Luis Suarez is the leading goalscorer for Uruguay in the qualifiers with five goals.