Place: Russia. Fisht Olympic Stadium. Sochi.
Date: on the 30th of June 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 – playoffs – 1/8 finals
The South American national team has spent great group stage, having won over all rivals in the quartet, and having got into 1/8 finals from the first place. But such teams as Egypt (1:0), Saudi Arabia (1:0), and Russia (3:0) were the rivals of Uruguay at a group stage. As you can see, defensive line of the team of Oscar Tabarez seems to be indestructible but in 1/8 finals Uruguay will face rather difficult task – Portugal.
Uruguay has a wide experience of playing games on the international level, has great squad in which any of the links doesn’t drop out. So, the goalkeeper is skilled Muslera, Godin, Jiménez, Laxalt and Cáceres are perfect as fullbacks and Bentancur, Vecino and Torreira have good interaction as halfbacks. The attack consists of top forwards Suarez and Cavani. Plus, Oscar Tabarez knows perfectly his team and has qualitatively built everything from the tactical point of view.
Defending champions of Europe on the current tournament don’t seem to be in ideal physical and gaming form, having gained only one victory (1:0 over Morocco). During the opening match Portugal has tied with Spain (3:3), and in final round has experienced some difficulties with Iran (1:1). Despite these, Portugal continues to remain one of the favorites of the World Cup, possessing powerful number of football players, well built team game and experience of victories on the international level.
Fernando Santos is working with team since 2014 and has managed to achieve with Portugal the best results in its history. The head coach has a wide range of bright football players, headed by ingenious Ronaldo. As the match against Iran has shown, Portugal has problems in defense during the counterattacking game manner against the rival and high pressure. And in case of pragmatic style, Portugal feels on the football field very comfortably.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Uruguay vs Portugal
Bookmakers propose almost equal chances on these teams and here the question is in an abrupt game of Uruguay at a group stage of the World Cup. The victory of Uruguay is estimated with 2.87, draw- 3.08 and the victory of Portugal -with 2.94. Classical and popular bets among bettors on this match have such coefficients: total over 2.5 for 2.83 and total under 2.5 for 1.51.
The match Uruguay vs Portugal is one of the most stable and interesting at 1/8 World Cups stage. These are two experienced teams with several strong players in the squad. Portugal and Uruguay will act extremely carefully. Portugal will also choose pragmatic style of game and the number of scored goals won’t be very high.