Uruguay v Russia Betting Tips, Predictions and Previews
June 21, 2018
Samara Arena - World Cup Group A
Both Uruguay and Russia have already qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup, so this will be a clash for top spot in Group A.
It ended in a 1-1 draw when these two sides met in a friendly back in May 2012, with Alexander Kerzhakov and Luis Suarez getting the goals.
Russia are likely to still be without midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who suffered a hamstring injury in their first game - against Saudi Arabia. His replacement since that game, Denis Cheryshev, has netted three goals in the Saudi Arabia and Egypt victories for the host nation.
Uruguay have no injury concerns, with key strike duo Suarez and Edison Cavani both fully fit to play. Manager Oscar Tabarez may look to rotate other areas of his team following their 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia, with Carlos Sanchez, Lucas Torreira and Cristian Rodriguez all in line to start.
Uruguay v Russia Preview and Predictions
Russia have blown sides away so far in the tournament, with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia and a 3-1 victory over Mo Salah's Egypt, while Uruguay have been more a slow burner, beating both sides 1-0.
Uruguay do have the bigger names in their ranks, but Russia have harnessed the home support, and look a real threat in attack, but this is clearly their sternest test so far.
The Uruguayans have arguably the best defence in the tournament, and Russia will have to work very hard to break them down.
With both sides already over the line, and Uruguay yet to really catch fire, they may take their foot off the gas slightly, and a draw - priced at 15/8 - looks a good option.
Even though they are the top scoring team at the World Cup, Russia will not have it easy against the pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Giminez, who have kept five successive clean sheets ahead of this game - and an under 2.5 total goals scored bet comes in at 4/7.
A 1-1 draw at 5/1
Both teams are certain of their progress, and whilst Uruguay will fancy themselves to win, Russia have equipped themselves excellently in their opening two games, and will want to keep their momentum going ahead of the last 16 round.
Luis Suarez to score first at 7/4
Barcelona striker Suarez got off the mark at the World Cup against Saudi Arabia, and he looks hungry to make up for his poor showing against Egypt. HIs link up with Cavani is vital to the way Tabarez sets his team up, and he will fancy his chances against a low key Russian defence.