Kick-off: 1900, 30/06/2018
Stadium: Fisht Stadium
Uruguay came alive in their final World Cup group match and now have the momentum to get past Portugal in the first knockout round.
That 3-0 demolition of hosts Russia was superior to anything managed by the Euro 2016 champions as they scrambled over the line to finish second behind Spain in their pool.
The Navigators are never easy to beat but 9/5 for La Celeste to oblige in normal time gets the nod as our opening Uruguay vs Portugal prediction.
A Look At Uruguay’s Betting Odds
Uruguay looked disjointed up front during 1-0 wins against Egypt and Saudi Arabia but Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani found their rhythm in the impressive triumph over Russia.
Suarez fired them in front with a sweetly-struck free-kick after just 10 minutes and Cavani completed the route late on when pouncing on a Diego Godin knock-down.
Head coach Oscar Tabarez said: “We could have won by even more goals. We did not manage to score on certain counter-attacks that we should have.
“The result and to be top of our group pleased me most. We won by a wide margin but I like the fact that we didn’t concede. We need to work towards that end.
“And I liked the dedication and concentration that my team had. They were focused from end to end, the entire squad.”
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal will have been pleased with an opening 3-3 draw against Spain but then laboured through their next couple of contests.
Morocco had several good chances to equalise in a 1-0 loss and the Navigators were also hanging on towards the end of a 1-1 draw with Iran.
Manager Fernando Santos still has faith in the squad which showed such resilience during the European Championship success.
“Uruguay has high quality and top-notch players and they’re all excellent – but Portugal too,” he stated. “We have our weapons and we’re going to try to win.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is an obvious threat after netting four times so far, even if he did miss a penalty versus Iran, while Ricardo Quaresma fired in a superb strike in that match.
However, breaking down a watertight Uruguay defence will not be easy, especially as they have the physical presence to compete with Ronaldo in the air.
We like 23/4 for La Celeste to prevail 1-0 to finish off our Uruguay vs Portugal betting tips.
URUGUAY 3-0 Russia – Suarez, Cheryshev (og), Cavani
Iran 1-1 PORTUGAL – Quaresma
Head-to-head: Portugal 3-0 Uruguay, Uruguay 1-1 Portugal