Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips

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Uruguay 1.25 | Draw 5.43 | S.Arabia 13.0


Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Predictions

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There are many competitive games at the 2018 World Cup but Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia looks one of the more one-sided affairs. The South American side were far from convincing in their opening game against Egypt but they got the job done and they never really looked like conceding. They will be extremely confident of collecting three points against a poor Saudi Arabia and the bookmakers have priced it up accordingly. Pinnacle are offering 1.14 on Uruguay to collect three points in this one.

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Preview

Saudi Arabia don’t have a great World Cup pedigree and they’ve conceded plenty of goals in the competition but they couldn’t have got off to a worse start in 2018. They were hammered 5-0 by the hosts in Moscow and were punished defensively throughout. They showed some signs of tiredness late in the final third but they looked wide open and Uruguay will be aiming to exploit that.

Jose Pekerman was on his feet to celebrate his side’s late winner in Ekaterinburg. Jose Gimenez headed home with minutes to spare to settle a poor game. Edison Cavani had rattled the woodwork moments earlier and they should find this opposition much easier to break down. They will be hoping to significantly increase their goal difference in this tie.

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Score Prediction

Saudi Arabia are likely to change their approach for this game and they cannot afford to be quite so open in this encounter. Uruguay will be happy with a comfortable victory ahead of their third and final Group A fixture against Russia. 3-0 seems a likely scoreline in this game and can be backed at 5.35 with Sports Interaction.

Over/Under Prediction

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Saudi Arabia don’t have many proven goalscorers and they could struggle to make an impact in the final third. Uruguay don’t have any problems of that nature and possess an array of attacking talent. They should be able to easily score three or more goals against this defensively-generous opposition. It’s 1.50 with Intertops for 3+ goals in this game.

Both Teams to Score Prediction

Defences can often be pivotal in helping sides reach the latter stages of international competitions and Uruguay’s back four is amongst the best in this tournament. Godin and Jimenez are unlikely to be troubled by Saudi Arabia and a second consecutive clean sheet looks imminent. It’s 1.43 with Sports Interaction for Both Teams to Score? No.

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Odds

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Group A Standings

As expected, Russia and Uruguay are dominating Group A although there is still plenty to play for. Egypt were tough to break down and their narrow defeat to Uruguay has helped with their goal difference which could be vital.

Statistics

  • Diego Godin is set to play in his 11th World Cup match, making him the joint third highest capped player in this competition for Uruguay
  • Uruguay have won their second group match in each of the last two World Cups
  • Each of Uruguay’s last two goals at World Cups have all come from central defenders
  • Diego Godin to score anytime is 5.50 with 888Sport
  • Prior to 2018, Saudi Arabia have conceded 32 World Cup goals in their last 12 games at the tournament

Head to Head

This is the second time that these two sides have met. Their previous meeting was an international friendly four years ago.
Uruguay 1-1 Saudi Arabia – 10/10/2014

World Cup Qualifiers

Uruguay

Top Goalscorer – Edinson Cavani – 10 Goals – 45.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as the World Cup 2018 top goalscorer.

Saudi Arabia

Top Goalscorer – Nawaf Al Abed – 5 Goals

Lineups

Uruguay:
Goalkeepers – Martin Silva, Fernando Muslera, Martin Campana
Defenders – Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Maximiliano Pereira
Midfielders – Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Nahitan Nandez, Rodrigo Bentacur, Carlos Sanchez, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gaston Ramirez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta.
Forwards – Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani.

Saudi Arabia:
Goalkeepers – Assaf Al-Qarny, Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Musailem
Defenders – Mansoor Al-Harbi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Breik, Saeed Al-Mowalad, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Mohammed Jahfali, Ali Al-Bulaihi.
Midfielders – Abdullah Al-Kharibari, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassim, Houssain Al-Mogahwi, Salman Al-Faraj, Nawaf Al-Abed, Mohamed Kanno, Hattan Bahebri, Mohammed Al-Kwikbi, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yehya Al-Shehri.
Forwards – Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, Muhannad Assiri.


 

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Group A

at 10.00 a.m – Rostov-on-Don Stadium

Uruguay 1.25 | Draw 5.43 | S.Arabia 13.0



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