Uruguay will expect to book their place in the last 16 and eliminate Saudi Arabia in the process when the two nations meet in Rostov tomorrow. The South Americans got off to the perfect start with a late win against Egypt on Friday and despite the timing of the goal, they were deserving winners in the end.
On the other hand, there were very no positives for Saudi Arabia who have looked the weakest of all 32 teams at the World Cup in their dismal 5-0 defeat to hosts Russia. They were naive defensively, poor on the ball and easy to counter against. They showed little quality going forward and they could be in for a long afternoon against Uruguay.
Here we will give you Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia betting tips, look at where the game will be won, the key players and a Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia prediction for the Group A encounter.
Our Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Prediction: Uruguay 4-0 Saudi Arabia
Our Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia prediction tips is for the South Americans to record a comfortable victory that seals their qualification to the next round.
Quite simply, this is a major mismatch with Uruguay having far too much quality for their opponents. Whilst they needed a late goal to beat Egypt, the reality was they would have won much more comfortably had Luis Suarez not surprisingly fluffed a few great chances. The ability of the Barcelona man, along with PSG striker Edinson Cavani is far too much for the weak Saudi Arabian defence and they could face another heavy defeat.
However, they surely can’t be as bad as they were against Russia. Manager Juan Antonio Pizzi will have been embarrassed with how they weren’t organised, didn’t stick to a shape and gave away goals last Thursday. Yet, whilst we expect them to be more competitive, unfortunately they are coming up against better opposition and this could go the same way.
Our recommended tip – Luis Suarez to score and Uruguay to win
As mentioned, the former Liverpool striker was uncharacteristically bad against Egypt, missing a few clear chances but he doesn’t look like a player who will lose confidence.
Instead, he will be relishing the chance to play against Saudi Arabia and will know it’s the perfect chance to get off the mark at the biggest tournament in football. Chances won’t be hard to come by and if we expect Uruguay to win with ease then he is almost certain to score. Therefore, punters should snap up the enhanced offer of Uruguay winning and their talisman scoring at 4/6.
These two nations have met twice and the South Americans have yet to taste victory! The two friendly encounters have seen Saudi Arabia win back in 2002, whilst they drew four years ago.
We’ve already mentioned the previous group games, with Uruguay’s Jose Gimenez securing a late win with a good header for his country. They took a while to get going but eventually began to create chances and deserved the points. The introduction of Carlos Sanchez and Cristian Rodriguez out wide gave the side more energy and the duo may start in Rostov.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia were shocking as they lost to Russia. They didn’t look organised and you could even question their effort and determination after they lost the first few goals. No players impressed and they looked a shadow of the side that had ran Germany and Italy close in friendlies.
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Players to watch – Edinson Cavani & Luis Suarez
We anticipate that this game will be one-way traffic, with the result not really in question, therefore we have looked at the devastating front pairing of Uruguay. Neither Cavani or Suarez scored last time out and they will be desperate to change that against Saudi Arabia.
They both have great movement and linked up well on Friday, although Suarez wasn’t his usual self. They won’t be lacking self-belief but it’s still important for strikers to score goals and this is a great chance for them. Their movement, skill and intelligence should see them cause havoc and the goals could flow.