Rostov Arena - World Cup Group A
The best and the worst sides in Group A, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia, play each other in their second game at the World Cup. It’s hard to see anything other than another defeat for the Saudis on Wednesday.
These two countries have only ever met once before, in a 2014 friendly at the Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium. Uruguay took the lead through an own goal, but Saudi Arabia fought back to claim a draw against their more illustrious opponents.
After his shocker against Egypt, Luis Suarez will get a chance to get his confidence back against a poor Saudi team. He’ll play alongside Edinson Cavani up top, while goalscoring hero from Friday, Jose Giminez, partners Diego Godin at centre-half.
The president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation claimed there would be “punishments” for the players who underperformed in their heavy defeat against hosts Russia. Juan Antonio Pizzi could make some changes to a team that lost 5-0 on Thursday.
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Preview and Predictions
Although Uruguay toiled for long periods against Egypt in their first game, it’s hard to see anything other than a comfortable victory for the South Americans this time out. For Saudi Arabia, it could be a case of damage limitation.
In truth, the Saudis could be like lambs to the slaughter against a Uruguayan outfit who were disappointing in their opening game. Surely Suarez won’t be as wasteful in this match, and he’ll be looking to add to his 51 international goals. The Barcelona striker is 4/7 to score in a victory for his team.
Uruguay are priced at 1/6 for the win, so you will need to add some extra options to your bets to get some value out of La Celeste. Oscar Tabarez will expect a more accomplished display in front of goal against the Green Falcons, who are available at a massive 25/1 for the win.
Few punters will be staking anything on Saudia Arabia though, even at that price. Getting a point out of the game is surely the best that Pizzi’s side can hope for, but at 8/1, even that is highly unlikely.
Uruguay to win to nil at 8/13
Even though the odds on this bet aren’t huge, it’s as close to a sure thing as you can get at the World Cup.
Cavani to score first at 9/4
Paris Saint-Germain’s Cavani will be confident of adding to his tally of 42 goals for La Celeste, and is 4/7 in a score/win bet.