Stadium: Samara Arena
Russia only need a draw from Monday’s clash with Uruguay to secure top spot in Group A and are playing well enough to achieve that feat.
The World Cup hosts have been a revelation in putting eight goals past Saudi Arabia and Egypt but may now take a more conservative approach.
La Celeste only managed to grind out 1-0 victories over the same opponents and have yet to really impress at this tournament, but they are tough to break down.
We’re going for a stalemate at 21/10 as our first Uruguay vs Russia prediction.
A Look At Uruguay’s Betting Odds
Having needed a last-gasp Jose Gimenez header to beat Egypt, Uruguay made a brighter start against Saudi Arabia when Luis Suarez put them ahead after 23 minutes.
The South Americans then seemed content to play it safe for the rest of that match, although soaring temperatures may have played a part in the desire to conserve energy.
“I think we under-performed,” said manager Oscar Tabarez. “We were very, very below our potential.
“We managed to qualify for the knockout stage, that’s what we wanted, but we have to fine-tune a few things, we have to work on a few aspects.”
Suarez celebrated his 100th international cap with the match-winner, but he and Edinson Cavani have not lived up to expectations so far.
A Look At Russia’s Betting Odds
Russia got off to a flying start when thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 and again caught the eye in a 3-1 defeat of Egypt.
They enjoyed a bit of luck via an own goal to go in front but then Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba followed up opening-game heroics with two more well-taken strikes.
Mohamed Salah was kept in check until netting from the penalty spot and the hosts have built up some strong momentum.
Salah may not have been fully fit but Stanislav Cherchesov declared: “We knew what to do against him and what we set as a target we managed to fulfil.”
Our belief is that Cherchesov will set his stall out just to wrap up top spot here, rather than going all out for another victory.
We’re adding 7/5 for no goals in the first half to our Uruguay vs Russia betting tips.
URUGUAY 1-0 Saudi Arabia – Suarez
RUSSIA 3-1 Egypt – Fathi (og), Cheryshev, Dzyuba
Head-to-head: Russia 1-1 Uruguay
Group A Standings