Group A winners Uruguay face off against EURO 2016 victors Portugal in the World Cup Round of 16. The South Americans advanced with maximum points, comfortably beating hosts Russia 3-0 in their final match and have yet to concede in the tournament. Meanwhile, Fernando Santos’ men survived a late scare from Iran to book their place in the next round.
Where and when: Fischt Stadium, Sochi – 30 June, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Uruguay vs. Portugal: ITV
Last time: It has been 46 years since the nations last met, playing out a 1-1 draw in Rio de Janeiro.
|Uruguay to qualify||10/11||Offer|
|Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime||11/8||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||17/35||Offer|
Uruguay vs. Portugal Predictions and Preview
With minutes left on the clock, Portugal were on course for a second round clash with hosts Russia, before controversy ensued. Full-back Cedric was adjudged to have handled in the area by VAR, a decision that went on to alter the complexion of the group. Nevertheless, Santos’ squad must now focus on the challenge ahead and the blockbuster showdown with Uruguay which is filled with fascinating subplots.
Titanic central-defender Diego Godin will come up against Madrid nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo and the no nonsense 32-year-old will relish the battle against the Blancos legend.
On the other side of the pitch will be Pepe tussling it out with Luis Suarez and the duo too have history. The Barcelona striker and ex-Madrid stalwart fought in many El Clasico’s and the victors of these two important battles will go a long way to determining which country progresses to the quarter-final.
Pepe, Godin and Suarez are no strangers to drama and a penalty or dismissal is entirely possible during the course of the duel. A red card is priced at 18/5 while a spot kick is 2/1 and on inspection of the group stages, there is decent value here.
In the goalscoring stakes, La Celeste hotshot Edinson Cavani is 22/5 to strike first and add to his tally after opening his personal account against Russia. A draw after 90 minutes is 9/5 while Portugal are 19/10 to advance in regulation time. Extra-time is 99/50 and is more than possible, given the majority of players on display are familiar with each other from matches at club level.
One to watch for Uruguay: Suarez was a constant menace against Russia and opened the scoring with a free-kick. The Barcelona number nine is 7/2 to open proceedings once more and give his team the best possible start.
One to watch for Portugal: Ricardo Quaresma is 9/1 in the same first scorer market and isn’t afraid to strike from distance. The veteran winger has developed in to a reliable presence on the international stage and the Seleção will need him to support Ronaldo against a tough Uruguay backline.
Long shot: Portugal achieved their objective of qualifying, but worryingly stumbled over the line in the games against Morocco and Iran. Now, the Seleção must add some flair to their game and ruthlessly dispatching their opponents would send a real message to the remaining sides in the competition. A 3-0 Ronaldo inspired triumph is priced at a whopping 46/1.