Game has ended at the score: 1 – 0 Uruguay and Saudi Arabia go head-to-head in their second match in Group A, with both teams looking for improvements. Oscar Tabarez’s men needed a late goal to beat Egypt 1-0 while Saudi Arabia were hammered 5-0 by hosts Russia. Uruguay Draw Saudi Arabia 4/19 21/4 17/1 1/5 11/2 16/1 1/5 21/4 15/1 Predictions Saudi Arabia were completely outplayed by an unfancied Russia side in Moscow in the tournament’s opening match and the bookmakers aren’t foreseeing a way back for Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men. Uruguay, hotly tipped to win Group A, were poor too in their game against Egypt, who were missing star man Mohamed Salah. But the South Americans were solid at the back and, while Luis Suarez had an off day against the Pharaohs, he and Edinson Cavani have the firepower that Saudi Arabia won’t be able to deal with. It’s hard to look past Uruguay at best odds of 1/8 to win. Score prediction Uruguay looked slow and lethargic in their narrow win over Egypt, with the likes of Suarez playing as if they were running in quicksand. It was almost a very frustrating day for the Barcelona man and his team mates, until Jose Maria Gimenez popped up with a late winner. But Egypt were well-organised – something that Saudi Arabia certainly weren’t in their humbling at the hands of the Russians. Expect a comfortable win for La Celeste. A 3-0 result is at 11/2. Over/Under Saudi Arabia were tipped to be tough to break down at this year’s tournament after being solid throughout qualifying and limiting Italy and Germany to 2-1 wins in warm-up matches. It would take a brave bettor to back a shortage of goals in this one, though, with Pizzi’s side looking completely out of their depth against the World Cup’s lowest ranked team on Thursday. Oscar Tabarez is sure to give his squad a clip around the earhole in the run-up to this match and, as a win can secure progress to the last 16, expect there to be goals. Over 3.5 goals is at 11/8. Both teams to score Saudi Arabia played some decent football in the first 20 minutes or so against Russia but never seriously threatened to get on the scoresheet. Against the likes of Diego Godin and Gimenez, their chances of netting are even slimmer. Uruguay won’t have much to worry about at the other end as they go in search of the goals to secure qualification and a possible top spot. The favourites will keep a clean sheet so backing a no in the both teams to score market at 4/9 looks to be safe. Statistics Saudi Arabia had just 61% of possession against Russia despite losing 5-0 Uruguay’s opening win was the first time they’ve won an opening World Cup match since 1970 when they made the semi-finals – Uruguay to reach last four – 11/4 Saudi Arabia are without a win in four games Saudi Arabia didn’t have a single shot on target against Russia Uruguay have not conceded a goal in four matches Uruguay to win to nil – 8/15 Head-to-Head Saudi Arabia 1-1 Uruguay – Friendly – 10th October, 2014 Saudi Arabia 3-2 Uruguay – Friendly – 27th March, 2002 World Cup Qualifiers Uruguay In a congested table during CONMEBOL qualifying for the World Cup, Uruguay did well to progress having finished second to Brazil. A 4-2 win over Bolivia in their final match secured their place in Russia. But Tabarez’s side won only two matches on foreign territory and those performances will need to improve this summer. Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers Edinson Cavani – 10 goals 28/1 World Cup Top Goalscorer – Betfair Luis Suarez – 5 goals 25/1 World Cup Top Goalscorer – Bet365 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia took one of the four automatic AFC qualification spots for the World Cup by finishing second to Japan in Group B. They finished level with third-placed Australia on 19 points but a better goal difference ensured second spot. A win over Japan in the last fixture of qualifying was vital; otherwise Saudi Arabia would have faced a play-off with Syria. Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers Nawaf Al Abid – 4 goals Mohammad Al-Sahlawi – 2 goals 750/1 World Cup Top Goalscorer – Bet365 Linups 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.