Uruguay v Portugal Betting Tips, Predictions and Previews
June 26, 2018
Fisht Olympic Stadium - World Cup Round of 16
Uruguay battle it out with Portugal for a place in the World Cup quarter finals, after a dramatic end to the group stages.
Uruguay have never faced Portugal before in competitive action, but both sides are unbeaten so far in this year's World Cup.
Uruguay are expected to recall defender Jose Giminez to the starting line up, after a minor injury kept him out of the team that beat Russia 3-0 in their last game.
Key attacking duo Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani are both fully fit and expected to start.
Bernardo Silva and Joao Moutinho are both expected to be recalled by Portugal, after being rested for the 1-1 draw with Iran.
Ricardo Quaresma, who score in that game, could also be moved out of the starting Xi - in place of Goncalo Guedes in midfield.
Uruguay v Portugal Preview and Predictions
Portugal survived a late scare against Iran, to seal their place in the last 16, whilst Uruguay saw off Russia in convincing fashion in their final group game. The concern for Portugal will how the collapsed defensively in the final 15 minutes against Iran, just at the very stage where Uruguay are beginning to get stronger and stronger.
Form is slightly in the favour of Oscar Tabarez's team, who have not conceded in their three games in Russia so far, scoring five goals in three game. Despite the Ronaldo factor, the feeling is to back Uruguay in this one - with their consistency and the axis of Suarez and Cavani in attack, they should have enough to win - priced at 15/8.
Given Uruguay's gritty approach, this is unlikely to be a thriller in terms of goals, with two 1-0 wins already - Uruguay would be happy with a low scoring game - and an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 4/9.
Uruguay to win 1-0 at 13/2
Tabarez has moulded his side into a a strong unit, that does not concede many goals and works hard for each other. Portugal have relied heavily on Ronaldo in this tournament, and up against Giminez and skipper Diego Godin, he may find it tough going.
Luis Suarez to score first at 5/2
Barcelona's Suarez endured a poor start to the World Cup, with a forgettable performance Egypt in their first game. However he sprung back into life in their second and third games, scoring in both of them - and looking hungry for more goals.