Uruguay vs Russia Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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25th June 2018 – 10:00 ET
Cosmos Arena, Samara
Uruguay vs Russia Predictions
Both of these teams will feature in the round of 16 and they will be jostling for position in this third and final Group A contest. Uruguay have a hugely pragmatic style and have played their games at walking pace so far when picking up successive 1-0 victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia. They haven’t entertained the neutrals but they’ve conserved plenty of energy and that may help them in this fixture. Russia have scored eight goals so far and have been pretty impressive but they’ve not been properly tested. They possess one of the oldest centre-back partnerships in the tournament and against the likes of Suarez and Cavani, they could struggle here. The South American side are the likeliest winners of this contest and can be backed at 2.48 with 888Sport.
Uruguay vs Russia Preview
Group A has been fairly straightforward and there have been very few surprises in this section. Russia have netted eight times in their first two games and have impressed under Stanislav Cherchesov. They haven’t been properly tested yet and it’ll be interesting to see how they fare against a streetwise outfit such as Uruguay.
Oscar Tabarez prioritises results and his side have certainly delivered on that front. They have picked up a couple of 1-0 successes and have done the bare minimum in each of those encounters. They have an impressive mix of youth and experience and they should offer more in this game. They have the two-pronged attack of Suarez/Cavani and they will always offer a threat going forward.
This Group A contest will help determine which side will finish top of the standings.
Uruguay vs Russia Odds
Uruguay vs Russia Correct Score Prediction
Uruguay aren’t the kind of side who score three or four goals in a game and they will be happy with a narrow success in this clash. They are likely to emerge winners and one goal could be enough. They have players who are capable of changing the game and they will look to take advantage of set-piece situations. 1-0 or 2-0 look realistic outcomes in this one and they can be backed at 6.37 and 10.00 with Sports Interaction.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Pundits who bemoan the lack of decent defenders these days should look no further than the outstanding Diego Godin. The Atletico Madrid man isn’t getting any younger but he’s still both influential and commanding. He helps his side remain organised at the back and will routinely throw himself in front of an opposition player. He puts his body on the line and Uruguay always benefit from this commitment. They haven’t conceded a goal at the tournament yet and Both Teams to Score? No looks a good bet at 1.74 with Intertops.
Group A Standings
These two sides have already guaranteed their place in the next round and have taken six points from their opening two matches. Russia have the superior goal difference of +7 going into this match. Saudi Arabia and Egypt will play out a dead rubber in the other Group A game.
Uruguay won two of their three group games at the 2014 World Cup
Luis Suarez is off the mark and has netted six times in this competition
Uruguay remained unbeaten during the group stage in 2010, picking up two wins and a draw. It is 2.90 with William Hill to finish as a draw
They had 14 attempts on goal against Egypt but only managed to score in the 90th minute
Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera will earn his 100th cap in this match
Russia managed seven shots on target against Saudi Arabia
They’ve netted eight times so far at 2018 World Cup, surpassing their previous best of seven, which came in 1994 (playing as Russia)
Head to Head
This pair have never met in a competitive fixture but they did meet in an international friendly back in 2012. They drew 1-1 at the RZD Arena in Moscow and the two teams looked very evenly matched. Luis Suarez opened the scoring for Uruguay before Alexander Kerzhakov equalised for Russia in the second half.
Russia 1-1 Uruguay – 25/05/2012
Luis Suarez – The Barcelona frontman comes off the back of a superb season in La Liga and he netted twice at the 2014 World Cup during the group stage. Suarez will partner Edison Cavani and his energy is likely to cause problems for an ageing Russian defence.
Fedor Smolov – Smolov could be key to Russia’s chances of qualifying but suffered from an alarming lack of service during pre-tournament friendlies. He is a renowned finisher with an eye for goal and if they can find the fr
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