Portugal v Uruguay Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 30th June
Alex Jones (@AleexJ0nes) previews Uruguay v Portugal and provides us with his best bets for this last 16 tie by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Portugal v Uruguay Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 30/06/18
- Time: 19:00
- Venue: Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
- Channel: BBC
And so Ronaldo meets Suarez, not for the first time in their careers, but for the first time for their countries. Uruguay will face Portugal in the second knockout game of this year’s world cup without playing each other since the Independence Cup in 1972 where the game finished 1-1. It is almost certain that this will not be one of the prettiest games of football, the games that are so captivating and eye-catching that no one could dislike football, but it is for sure one of the most intriguing. The two sides play through systems and tactics embedded from their managers in similar fashions: sit tight and compact and then simply flip the switch and enter the Attacking Zone, a team playing through a kind of synchronised rage. The two teams both have that one knight in shining armour who can put away the chances they create, whether there be 2 or 10 to thrive off.
Uruguay were impressive in the group stages, scoring 5 goals and not conceding any. They have obviously been solid and stubborn at the back, albeit to a slightly weaker group including Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Prior to their last group game they were playing below par, without any real fluidity and effervescence going forward however in their last game against the Russians they expressed the goal scoring power with Edinson Cavani finally notching a goal at this tournament.
Portugal, on the other hand, were robbed of finishing top of their group by a controversial VAR decision meaning they drew against Iran. They would perhaps have preferred to play Russia, who face Spain in the earlier kick off on Saturday, but to win these tournaments you must defeat the best. Uruguay are a tough test, but Portugal are the European Champions and have a man leading the line who can light up any game on any day, a master of goalscoring who can win games without playing well. The outright markets for this one are very evenly poised, and rightly so, but i certainly wouldn’t touch these markets as this game is so tantalisingly poised. Expect a nerve-wracking and cautious approach from both teams but also expect goals. Expect drama. Expect Ronaldo to score.
Gimenez is still a slight doubt after missing the game against Russia for Uruguay.
Potential Uruguay Starting XI: Muslera, Varela, Godín, Coates, Cáceres, Sanchez, Vecino, Bentancur, Rodríguez, Suárez, Cavani.
Potential Portugal Starting XI: Patricio; Cedric, Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro; Carvalho, Silva, Mario; B.Silva, Guedes, Ronaldo
Head To Head
- The two teams haven’t played since 1972.
Key Stats & Facts
- Uruguay have won their last 6 games without conceding.
- Portugal are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 games.
- Uruguay have won their last 3 games against European teams (England, Italy, Russia).
- Uruguay 9/5
- Draw 2/1
- Portugal 2/1
With all three match outcomes pretty much at 2/1, the bookmakers and therefore the rest of the footballing community can barely predict this one. I won’t be touching the outright markets but goals and cards may be a good angle.