Stadium: Rostov Arena
TV: BBC One
Uruguay were far from impressive when edging out Egypt in their World Cup opener but should get the chance to cut loose versus Saudi Arabia.
The Green Falcons were defensively fragile when thrashed by hosts Russia in their first Group A fixture and look there for the taking again.
We’re going for La Celeste to prevail by more than two clear goals at 21/20 with our first Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia prediction.
A Look At Uruguay’s Betting Odds
Uruguay laboured badly throughout the first half against Egypt, with Luis Suarez woefully out of sorts and Edinson Cavani almost anonymous.
However, they did come on strong in the second period and finally made the breakthrough when Jose Gimenez superbly headed in a late winner.
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy had earlier produced two good saves from Suarez and one from Cavani, who also struck the post with a fine free-kick.
Manager Oscar Tabarez said: “I believe some of the players didn’t play as well as they normally can.
“But this is football and I’m sure the tiny issues will be fine-tuned and we really hope to progress further in this competition.”
A Look At Saudi Arabia’s Betting Odds
Saudi Arabia actually have a good record against Uruguay in friendlies, winning 3-2 in 2002 and drawing 1-1 four years ago.
However, this time it is for real and the Green Falcons look in above their heads judged on a 5-0 drubbing by Russia.
Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side deserve some credit for trying to play football early on against the hosts, but they were guilty of giving away possession in dangerous areas and then faded late on.
“Results like this don’t happen very often in World Cups and we need to recover from this shameful situation,” said Pizzi.
“I trust my efforts, I trust my players and I fully trust that we’ll have a better performance in the next game.”
We’re expecting Pizzi to adopt a more cautious approach this time and 11/5 for them to be just 1-0 down at the break completes our Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia betting tips.
Egypt 0-1 URUGUAY – Gimenez
Russia 5-0 SAUDI ARABIA
Head-to-head: Saudi Arabia 1-1 Uruguay, Saudi Arabia 3-2 Uruguay
Group A Standings