Uruguay vs Portugal: Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions

World Cup Uruguay vs Portugal

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Uruguay 2.81 | Draw 2.77 | Portugal 2.91

 


30th June 2018 – 15:00 ET
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi  – TV: TSN

Uruguay vs Portugal Prediction

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Uruguay haven’t played the most attractive football at the 2018 World Cup but they’ve been incredibly effective so far and they are yet to concede a goal at the tournament. They are led by the hugely experienced Diego Godin who is partnered at the back by the excellent Jose Giminez.

The pair are shielded by a hard-working midfield and Oscar Tabarez’s side are expected to progress to the latter stages of the competition. They come up against Portugal in the round of 16 and they have very little to fear. Fernando Santos’ men have failed to inspire in Group B, picking up just five points from a possible nine and many of their players look out of sorts.

We recommend backing Uruguay at 2.75 with William Hill.

Uruguay vs Portugal Correct Score Prediction

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Uruguay netted just a single goal against both Egypt and Saudi Arabia but they upped the ante against Russia. They are a side who look capable of going up a gear if required and with the two-pronged attack of Suarez/Cavani, they should be able to find a way through. Portugal may struggle to break through but they are unlikely to buckle easily under pressure. 2-0 Uruguay looks a reasonable scoreline and looks a great wager at 12.00 with Sports Interaction. 1-0 will also be popular and is available at 6.28.

Uruguay vs Portugal Odds

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There isn’t much between these two sides in the outright market with Uruguay available as slight favourites at 2.80 with Sports Interaction. Portugal have proved to be an effective tournament team and can be backed at 2.93. A draw is available at 2.76.

Both Teams to Score Prediction

Teams often raise their game in the round of 16 but Portugal don’t look capable of improving. Too many of their players look short on confidence and if Uruguay successfully mark Ronaldo out of the game, they could struggle to create chances. The South American side have been extremely effective at the back and will be keen to protect their perfect defensive record at the tournament. They enter the game with plenty of confidence and they are likely to have the majority of possession. Uruguay can dictate the tempo of this game and Portugal could struggle to find a way through. Both Teams to Score? No is available at 1.70 with Betway.

Uruguay vs Portugal Preview

As expected, Uruguay finished top of Group A after remaining unbeaten against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia. They raised their game against the hosts, running out 3-0 winners and more of the same will be expected here. Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani are both off the mark and the deadly duo will fancy their chances of adding to their tally in this game.

 

Portugal finished second in Group B, picking up just five points from their three matches. They scored one fewer than neighbours Spain, causing them to miss out on top spot. They have largely relied on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted four times in Russia but he missed a penalty against Iran and left the field looking frustrated.

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  • Ricardo Quaresma’s stunning strike against Iran is the only Portuguese goal which hasn’t been scored by Cristiano Ronaldo at the tournament
  • Uruguay are yet to concede a goal this calendar year. Austria were the last team to score against them on 11th November 2017. Uruguay to win to nil is priced at 3.80 with William Hill
  • Oscar Tabarez’s side had 17 shots against Russia and completely dominated throughout the 90 minutes.
  • Uruguay finished three points clear ahead of Russia in Group A, whilst Portugal finished second on ‘goals scored’ behind Spain
  • These sides have never previously met in a competitive match
  • Portugal’s only clean sheet at the tournament came against Morocco


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