Uruguay vs Russia Betting Tip
Uruguay vs Russia | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Uruguay have a long history at the World Cup have twice won the tournament. However, you must go back to 1950 to find the last time they won the event, which was staged in Brazil. Uruguay finished in fourth place in 1970 and 2010 and some people are backing them as outsiders to reach the final this year. Russia are the hosts of the 2018 World Cup and started the tournament under huge pressure. Having played as Russia since the 1994 World Cup in USA, they have failed to trouble the latter stages of the tournament but that could be about to change.
There is very little to split these two teams according to the bookmakers but Uruguay will start as the favourites. Only Brazil qualified with a better record from a tough South America section and Uruguay are an uncompromising team, making them tough to play against. They will be backing their defence to keep a clean sheet. Russia qualified for this World Cup as hosts and may have struggled to reach the finals if they were asked to qualify through the UEFA system. Their build up to the tournament did not go well and the home fans had little faith in the team. However, they are in a great position heading into what is their toughest match of the tournament to date.
Uruguay entered the 2018 World Cup as a team renowned for their defence and organisation. They have not let anyone down in their style of performance and results. Uruguay have won both matches against Egypt and Saudi Arabia 1-0 and while they have not been exciting to watch, they have got the job done.
Russia have been the shock team of the group stages at this World Cup. They were being tipped as potential casualties in the group stages of the tournament but soon cast those doubts aside with a thumping 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. This gave Russia confidence ahead of their second game against Egypt and they secured qualification to the Round of 16 with a good 3-1 win.
Uruguay vs Russia Head to Head
Uruguay and Russia have only met once before and that was an international friendly in 2012. The match ended 1-1 and gives little insight into what could happen in this World Cup match.
Odds and Predictions
The bookmakers are struggling to split the teams in the lead up to this game but it’s Uruguay who start as the slight favourites, priced at 2.70. Russia were out at longer odds to win this game prior to the tournament but have been cut back to 3.00 as a result of their good performances. The draw is also on offer at 3.10. This will be the first time in the tournament Russia have come up against a world class defence and it will be interesting to see if they can break down the Uruguay wall. There could be few goals in this match and the draw with under 2.5 goals is 3.40. The main goal scoring threat will come from Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez who is 5.00 to score the first goal of the game. Artem Dzyuba started the match against Egypt up-front and is 7.50 to open the scoring and add to his two goals already scored in the tournament.
Uruguay vs Russia Top Betting Tip: Draw (0-0)
0-0 draws have been rare at this World Cup but with both teams already assured of a place in the next round, neither will want to taste their first defeat of the 2018 World Cup. Do not be surprised to see both teams leave happy with a point.