Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips

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Final score is: Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

Next Uruguay match: Uruguay vs Russia

Next Saudi Arabia match: Saudi Arabia vs Egypt 

Uruguay 1.25 | Draw 5.50 | Saudi Arabia 15.00

 

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Date: 21st June 2018 –  01:00 AEST

 Group: Group A

 Stadium: Rostov Arena

 TV:TSN

In their second respective 2018 FIFA World Cup Group A matches, Uruguay, meet Saudi Arabia and are looking to secure top spot in the group and score a potentially easier opponent in the first stage of the knockout phase.

 

Uruguay will arrive at the Rostov Arena only narrowly having beaten Egypt in their opening group game. That shouldn’t stop them rolling over Saudi Arabia with relative ease, especially if Saudi Arabia’s opening defeat to Russia was anything to go by. Ladbrokes have the South Americans to win comfortably at 1.12

Match Odds

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Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Score Predictions

There are bound to be goals aplenty again in this one, with the Saudi Arabian defence looking very easily breached. The Uruguayans should hit their straps with the likes of Suarez and Cavani looking to open their accounts for the 2018 World Cup. William Hill are offering punters odds of 5.50 for a 3-0 Uruguayan win.

Over/Under Prediction

It’s hard not to see how there won’t be over 2.5 goals in this one when you consider that Russia were able to slot five past a hapless Abdullah Al-Mayouf in the Saudi Arabian goal. Uruguay’s offensive threat is much stronger than Russia’s and punters can find decent value in Betstar offering odds of 1.50 for Over 2.5 Goals.

Both Teams To Score prediction

There will be goals in this fixture but not from both teams. Sadly for the Saudi Arabians, they don’t offer enough going forward and didn’t manage one shot on target against Russia. Bet365 are offering 1.40 for both teams not to score and that should represent good value as the Uruguayan defence should easily deal with any Saudi threat.

Group Standings

Russia and Uruguay currently occupy top spot in Group A and many will see these two sides as the teams likely to advance from the group. Saudi Arabia sit bottom of the table and really are in last chance saloon now after conceding five against Russia.

Statistics

Uruguay scored ten goals in the four matches leading up to the World Cup

 

Saudi Arabia have only won two matches in 14 games at the World Cup over their history

 

Saudi Arabia have only ever kept one clean sheet at the World Cup finals since 1994

 

Luis Suarez anytime goalscorer is 1.44 with Betfair

 

Of the 14 matches Saudi Arabia have been involved in at the World Cup, ten have seen over 2.5 goals scored

 

Head-to-Head Record

There have been two previous meetings between the two sides for surprisingly strong Saudi Arabian results;

  • 2002 – Saudi Arabia 3 Uruguay 2
  • 2014 – Saudi Arabia 1 Uruguay 1

World Cup Qualifiers

Uruguay

After four consecutive World Cup play-offs, Uruguay finished second behind Brazil in South America to qualify untroubled in unusual calm.

 

Uruguay now has a big decision to make; Continue to rely on an attacking approach that has served so well in great victories in South American qualifying (e.g. 3-0 wins over Colombia and Chile and a 4-0 win over Paraguay) or change to a defensive structure.

 

In Cavani and Suarez, Uruguay have two of the best goal sneaks in world football that could potentially prove dangerous to any team at the 2018 World Cup.

Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers

Edinson Cavani

Luis Suarez

Saudi Arabia

Despite being the lowest ranked side at the World Cup, there are signs of quality from Saudi Arabia across the park. Evidence of that lies in their second place and securing automatic World Cup qualification ahead of Australia.

 

1-0 wins over Japan, Thailand and Iraq in World Cup Qualifying showed glimpses of their quality as did an excellent 2-2 draw with Australia.

 

They will miss their Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk, who has since become the interim Socceroo coach after falling out with the Saudi FA.

Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers

Mohamed Al-Sahlawi scored an equal-high goal tally in World Cup Qualifying and should be at much shorter odds as the top World Cup goal scorer;

 

Uruguay 1.25 | Draw 5.50 | Saudi Arabia 15.00

 

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