Uruguay vs Portugal Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
The most interesting part of World Cup 2018 starts on Saturday. Match between Uruguay and Portugal decides who goes to quarter finals and who goes home in tears. That game is also good candidate to put our bets and earn some cash. These two teams played only two times so far and Portugal has one victory and one draw. It is almost incredible but Uruguay hasn’t meet Portugal almost half a century.
Uruguay arrived to Russia after they finished second in South American qualifiers ten points behind Brazil. Objectively group A in World Cup was one of the weakest and Uruguay did not face too many problems to finish in first place winning all three games. First game they played against Egypt and after tough fight they recorded first three points. Game against Saudi Arabia was not any easier and they eventually won it 1:0. Last game was against World Cup host and Uruguay defeated them easily. In tenth minute Luis Suarez brings the lead to Uruguay 1:0. After that, Russians scored own goal 2:0. When referee sent-off Russian defender, it became clear that Uruguay is about to win that game. Edinson Cavani set final 3:0 in last minute. The Sky Blues won World Cup twice already but it was long time ago in 1930 and 1950. Their best result lately was fourth place in World Cup 2010. In first two games Uruguay picked 4-4-2 formation and they had trouble to win. Against Russians they opted for old fashioned 3-5-2 and it seems that it gives results. Uruguay based their play on wings and in every game they have at least four corners and at the same time they are team that rarely commits fouls. One more interesting thing is that they finished group stage with their sheet clean. Uruguay is in great shape because they won their last six matches and match against Portugal will be true test for them.
Before start of last round in group B Portugal was in second place behind Spain. Matches in group A were already finished and The Navigators had an option to pick easier opponent for knockout system. It wasn’t an easy choice at all. They needed to pick between World Cup host and Uruguay who plays great football. Opponent was Iran and everybody expected routine victory from Portugal. Iran’s resistance was crashed in last minute of first half when Ricardo Quaresma placed curve ball behind Iranian goalkeeper 0:1. In fifty-third minute Cristiano Ronaldo missed penalty kick. Iran also had penalty in extra time and they scored 1:1. In last seconds Iran even had chance to turn over the score thus sending Portugal home earlier than they planed but Iranian striker messed it up. The best performance by Portugal was against their neighbors Spain. Until match against Iran Cristiano had four attempts on target and every single one of them turned out to be goal. Persians marked him well and he was basically cut off from the team. Probably the weakest point in Portugal team is their defense. They concede too often and if Uruguayan attackers start pressing them they may make mistake. If for some reason Uruguay decide to play open football they will most likely lose. Portugal is favorite but in this kind of matches one mistake may decide outcome of the game.
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Uruguay don't have big injury concerns before the Round of 16 match. Jose Gimenez is not fully fit and he is doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready for this important match.
On the other side Portugal also don't have big injury concerns before this game. Gelson Martins and William Carvalho are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are ready to play and all of them are highly motivated to beat Uruguay and go through.
Possible starting lineups
Uruguay: Muslera; Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Varela; Rodriguez, Betancur, Vecino, Sanchez; Suarez, Cavani
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Raphael; Quaresma, Carvalho, Moutinho, Silva; Ronaldo, Guedes
Uruguay vs Portugal Prediction
We expect one tough football game when European champions take on the South Americans in the Round of 16 on Saturday night. Uruguay have looked solid defensively during the competition so far and have kept a clean sheet in all three games. The South Americans are very slight favourites to win the match, but it will be a truly hard job. With Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani teaming up on one side, Uruguay will try to score after fast counterattacks. Uruguay are the only team to have won all their group games so far along with Croatia. But they faced just six shots on target in the opening three games. On the other side Portugal progressed as Group B runners up and their main objective for this game will be strong and aggressive playing in defending. Cristiano Ronaldo will surely be on the score board and all expect from him to score. But he has so far failed to score a single goal for Portugal in the knockout stages of the World Cup after 424 minutes. Oscar Tabarez and Fernando Santos are two of the most experienced coaches at the World Cup and we will not enjoy in an interesting game. This game is going to be a close encounter and it could go all the way in Sochi. Both sides will play very cautious, but also we expect lots of midfield duels and fouls.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Uruguay vs Portugal Prediction: Under 2.5 goals scored. It certainly will not be one of the prettiest or most eye-catching matches of the tournament and we don't expect lots of scoring chances on this match. Both teams have a chance to go through and they are highly motivated for the match. We expect match goes to penalties and after penalty series Portugal to go through.
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