Uruguay vs Portugal 101 Great Goals prediction: Portugal 2-1 Uruguay
The second of the World Cup last-16 games promises to be a thriller but Cristiano Ronaldo could prove to be the difference between the sides.
Uruguay have looked solid defensively during the competition so far and have been likened to Atletico Madrid but they blow hot or cold up front.
Portugal have relied on their main man Cristiano Ronaldo during this edition of the World Cup and you can expect him to show up when it matters.
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Uruguay vs Portugal: Who will win?
The two sides are actually very evenly matched in the betting odds.
You can get the European Champions Portugal to win at odds of 2/1.
Uruguay, however, are very slight favourites at odds of 9/5.
The scoring odds are where the majority will be spending their money with Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo going up against each other.
Ronaldo is actually leading his El Clasico rival in the first goalscorer market, where he can be found at odds of 3/1.
Meanwhile, you can find Luis Suarez to score first at 4/1.
Portugal can be found at odds of 12/1 to win the game 2-1 as we have predicted.
Uruguay vs Portugal match preview
This game is lining up to be one of the evenest games in the World Cup last-16.
Uruguay go into the game having won all three of their Group stage games but there are still some concerns.
Their 1-0 win over Egypt was a decently close affair and they needed a very late goal from Jose Gimenez to get them all three points.
Then came a game with Saudi Arabia and again, it wasn’t the most exciting affair ever.
A Luis Suarez goal handed them all three points but you would have expected much better from a side with both him and Edinson Cavani in.
It was in their last game against Russia in which they impressed the most.
Suarez continued his form, while a Denis Cheryshev own goal and a big goal for Edinson Cavani handed them a comfortable win.
Likened to Atletico Madrid, you can expect Uruguay to be solid in defence but it is at the other end that they need to convince football fans they can go far in this year’s World Cup.
Can Cristiano continue his domination?
Similarly to Uruguay, it hasn’t exactly been the most impressive Group stage for the reigning European Champions.
A draw with Spain did show some of their best and worst qualities, as Cristiano Ronaldo too centre stage.
Games against Morocco and Iran yielded less excitement, however, with a win over the former and only a draw in their last game.
Ronaldo also missed a penalty in that final game and the side almost went out of the World Cup after a late Iran chance to win it.
It’s a common trend during the World Cup so far, that sides get complacent in games they are heavily expected to win.
Though, this game will be very different and is exactly the kind of game that Cristiano Ronaldo shows up for.
The hat-trick against Spain shows just how much the player loves the big stage and there is no bigger stage than this in the last-16.
You certainly wouldn’t put it past him to dominate yet again.
Uruguay team news vs Portugal
The only notable news for Uruguay comes in the form of Jose Gimenez.
The hero against Egypt had to sit out the game against Russia but has reportedly returned to training.
With that in mind, he could be involved alongside his Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Godin.
Portugal team news vs Uruguay
Meanwhile, in the Portuguese camp, there have been a few niggles this week.
Sporting pair Gelson Martins and William Carvalho were not involved in training on Thursday due to minor issues, as was left back Raphael Guerreiro.
It could be slightly touch and go whether they start but with their injuries described as minor, it shouldn’t affect Portugal too much.
Portugal predicted XI vs Uruguay
Uruguay predicted XI vs Portugal
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Portugal official posts vs Uruguay
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 26, 2018
Uma família gigante! O apoio e orgulho em Portugal vem de todos os cantos do mundo!
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 28, 2018
Uruguay official posts vs Portugal
— Martín Campaña (@mcampi25) June 27, 2018
-No…Orgullo es lo q se siente al saber q detrás de este momento hay más de 3 millones de personas q sueñan junto a nosotros.
Arriba la celeste . pic.twitter.com/e8MBdqZ2d6
— Edi Cavani Official (@ECavaniOfficial) June 27, 2018