Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 20th June

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips 20th June

Benjamin Swain (@Swaaainn) previews Uruguay v Saudi Arabia and provides us with his best bets for this World Cup Group A fixture by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 20/06/2018
  • Time: 4pm
  • Venue: Rostov Arena
  • Channel: BBC 1

Luis Suarez will be expected to be in finer form when his side take on Struggling Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

There has been a lot of faith behind whoever wins the golden glove wins the tournament and rather the opposite to Saudi Arabia, Uruguay can take a lot of confidence from their defence, more specifically Diego Godin’s performance, in their opener.

Atletico Madrid’s Godin was the stand out performer as his side left it late to snatch a 1-0 victory over Egypt, following an uncharacteristically less than impressive attacking performance from La Celeste.

Their striker partnership in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani netted 71 goals combined last season but failed to find the target this time out. They instead were speared their blushes by Jose Gimenez in the 89th minute to put Uruguay second in the group, behind Saudi Arabia’s opponents Russia, on goal difference.

Saudi Arabia conceded five without reply in their opening day defeat to the hosts to continue their miserable run of form of late.

Germany were almost embarrassed by Saudi Arabia in a narrow 2-1 victory for the Germans but that now makes it four matches without victory for the latter.

Team News

Both managers have a full 23-man squad available.

Potential Uruguay Starting XI: Muslera, Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Nandez, Rodriguez, Bentancur, Torreira, Suarez, Cavani

Potential Saudi Arabia Starting XI: Al-Maiouf, Alshahrani, Hawsawi, Hawsawi, Al-Harbi, Otayf, Al-shehri, Al-Jassim, Al-Faraj, Al-Dawsawi, Al-Sahlawi

Head To Head

  • The only previous meeting between these two sides ended 1-1 in an international friendly in 2014.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Godin made four tackles, eight interceptions, five clearances and won 15 aerial duels against Egypt.
  • Saudi Arabia had zero shots on target in their last match.
  • Saudi Arabia have only scored one goal in their previous three games, albeit against current world champions Germany.

Betting Odds

  • Uruguay 13/66
  • Draw 15/2
  • Saudi Arabia 22/1

The Verdict

Luis Suarez was really poor against Egypt and while Edinson Cavani wasn’t much better, I expect the pair to recover their league form last campaign and take this Saudi Arabia side, who were taken apart too easily by not an emphatic Russia side, to the sword.

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