Uruguay meets Portugal for the first ever on the biggest stage, and the bettors can expect a great battle between two sturdy sides who mostly rely on their defensive work, but both teams also possess some strong weaponry at the front which promises plenty of drama, as the clash is set for this Saturday, June 30th, 2018, at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
Uruguay vs. Portugal
3-Way: 1: Uruguay +187; X: +190 Draw; 2: Portugal +200 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: Uruguay -108; Portugal -102
Total +2: Over +112; Under -130
Recent Form and Team News
Uruguay has recorded all three wins in the Group A, beating Egypt 1-0, Saudi Arabia 1-0, and the hosts Russia 3-0 respectively, and La Celeste is the only team who managed to keep the net intact in the group stage. They didn’t show much at the front, despite having one of the strongest front lines in the world, and the reason could be an awful midfield with a huge lack of creativity. On the other side, the defensive line looked well-organized, and it would be Uruguay’s key factor in the eventual drive to the success.
Portugal started the tournament with a tremendous 3-3 draw against mighty Spain, but they disappointed the fans with some mediocre displays in a narrow 1-0 victory over Morocco, and particularly in a 1-1 draw with Iran in the final clash of the Group B. Portugal has struggled to create dangerous attacks, while Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four out of five team’s goals thus far, so other players at the front will have to contribute more or the Portuguese will travel home very soon.
Players to Watch
Luis Suarez has bagged two goals so far, while Edinson Cavani is still goalless at the 2018 World Cup. These two guys are fantastic individuals who can create chances on their own but also knows how to play together. The centre-back duo Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez will hold the things at the back, but both Godin and Gimenez are very dangerous after attacking set-pieces.
On the other side, Cristiano Ronaldo will certainly be a key figure, and he should make a lot of troubles at Uruguay’s defensive line, but he’ll need some help from his teammates. The experienced winger Ricardo Quaresma scored against Iran, and he could start again in this one, while the gifted forward Bernardo Silva could finally show his qualities after some poor displays in the group stage.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- Uruguay kept the net intact in the last six games overall
- Uruguay won six matches in a row
- Uruguay is at +2200 to beat the 2018 World Cup
- Uruguay is at +350 to reach the Semi-Finals
- Portugal is unbeaten for six encounters in a row
- Portugal kept the net intact in three out of these six tilts
- Portugal is at +2500 to win the title in Russia
- Portugal is at +350 to make it to the last four
The bookies expect another tight clash of the Round of 16 with so much at the stake, and I have to agree with bookmakers, as both Uruguay and Portugal like to take it patiently. The cautious approach is not a strange thing in the knock-out stage of the FIFA World Cup, as one mistake could send the team home. Hereof, the odds are at +187 on the over 2.5 goals in total, according to BetDSI Sportsbook, which is quite tempting when you consider those names in each frontline here.
The wages on a draw at the halftime are -120, and it’s another indicator of a tight game, but my first betting pick will be a stalemate at the end of the 90 minutes, as I just cannot decide who’s closer to the victory here. Another interesting wager could be on both teams to score, as one goal could easily lead to another on the other side of the pitch.
The Pick: Draw (+190)
Additional Pick: Both Teams to Score YES (+125)