Uruguay vs Russia: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
25th June 2018 – 15:00 GMT
Group A – Samera Stadium, TV: ITV
Uruguay vs Russia Predictions
These two sides have both qualified for the knock-out round of the 2018 World Cup and will be jostling for position at the top of Group A. Russia have been surprisingly potent, netting eight times in their first couple of matches and they have defied their critics. They put five past a disorganised Saudi Arabia side before picking up a relatively straightforward victory over Egypt. Uruguay have refused to entertain at this tournament but they’ve been suitably effective and it’s proved enough to send them through. They have been conserving energy and that could help them in this fixture. They have a talented squad and they work hard for one another. Their defence is rock solid and that should be enough to edge this game. They are available at 48/29 with Betfair.
Uruguay vs Russia Preview
Group A has gone largely to plan so far with Russia and Uruguay exerting their dominance in this section. Both sides will cruise through to the knockout round but neither have broken sweat so far. Uruguay have barely got out of first gear and will need to improve in their third and final Group A contest. Russia got off to a cracking start and have seemingly clicked under Stanislav Cherchesov.
Uruguay have a superior squad and with Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani up front, they always possess a threat. They have some talented midfielders who ply their trade in Serie A and they will fancy their chances of collecting nine points from a possible nine. Diego Godin runs a tight ship at the back and they rarely look like conceding.
Denis Cheryshev has been the standout star for Russia and will be looking to add to his three tournament goals so far. Artem Dzyuba has looked threatening since returning to the side and he will be looking to find space in behind the Uruguayan back-line.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Diego Godin and Jose Giminez have been mightily effective so far and their partnership looks rock solid. They have plenty of experience at the highest level and although Russia will offer a threat going forward, they could keep yet another clean sheet. It’s a results-based business and Oscar Tabarez sets out his team in a pragmatic style. They should keep their opponents off the score-sheet. Both Teams to Score? No is priced at 20/23 with Betfair.
Uruguay vs Russia Correct Score Prediction
Uruguay have done just enough in their previous two Group A games and they are unlikely to alter a winning formula. A 1-0 and 2-0 scoreline looks likely and they are priced at 13/2 and 11/1 with Bet365.
Uruguay vs Russia Odds
Group A Standings
Coming into this game, Uruguay and Russia sit joint-top of Group A. The hosts have the superior goal difference after scoring eight times in their opening two matches. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are both out of the competition and have failed to pick up a point from their opening two games.
- Uruguay won two of their three group games at the 2014 World Cup
- Luis Suarez has netted six times in this competition
- Uruguay remained unbeaten during the group stage in 2010 with two wins and a draw. It is 19/10 with William Hill to finish as a draw
- They had 14 attempts on goal against Egypt but only managed one goal
- Fernando Muslera will earn his 100th cap for Uruguay
- Russia had seven shots on target against Saudi Arabia
- They’ve netted eight times so far at the tournament, surpassing their previous best of seven (playing as Russia)
Head to Head
These two sides have only previously met on one occasion. They faced one another in 2012 at the RZD Arena in Moscow and played out a 1-1 draw. Luis Suarez opened the scoring for Uruguay before Alexander Kerzhakov equalised in the second half.
- Russia 1-1 Uruguay – 25/05/2012
- Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrei Lunyov.
- Defenders: Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fyodor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov.
- Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev, Alan Dzagoev, Yuri Gazinsky, Alexander Golovin, Daler Kuzyaev, Anton Miranchuk, Alexander Samedov, Alexander Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Zobnin.
- Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba, Alexei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov.
- Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana.
- Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela.
- Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez.
- Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.
15:00 – Samera Stadium