Uruguay vs Russia prediction: Uruguay 1-2 Russia
Uruguay are slight favourites heading into this Group A decider, but I fancy Russia to just come out on top.
Although Uruguay are yet to concede at the tournament, they have been less than convincing in their two victories so far.
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Uruguay vs Russia: Who will win?
Uruguay are 13/8 favourites to win the match while hosts Russia can be backed at 21/10, the same odds as a draw.
Luis Suarez is 4/1 favourite to score the opening goal.
Denis Cheryshev has already scored three goals in the tournament and is 4/1 to score anytime during the match.
Uruguay vs Russia match preview
Hosts Russia take on Uruguay at the Cosmos Arena in Samara on Monday in a match that will decide the outcome of Group A.
Russia followed up their 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia with an impressive 3-1 win over Egypt last week.
An Ahmed Fathy own goal gave Russia the lead just after half-time. Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba added to the host’s lead before conceding a consolation penalty, scored by Mohamed Salah.
Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their second match, with Luis Suarez scoring the only goal of the game in the first half.
Uruguay vs Russia: The group decider
Thanks to their opening-day win over Saudi Arabia, Russia begin the game with a vastly superior goal difference, meaning they only require a draw to top Group A.
Uruguay, however, will need to claim all three points if they want to finish as group winners.
The Sky Blues have been poor in both of their matches and were lucky to come away with six points from them.
There seems to be a lack of dynamism and cohesion in the Uruguay side. If they want to go further than the round of 16, something will have to change quickly.
The winners and runners-up of Group A will face the runners-up and winners of Group B respectively.
Spain and Portugal are level on four points going into the final Group B match, while Iran are still in contention to qualify with three points to their name.
Uruguay and Russia have only faced each other once before. The international friendly match in 2012 ended in a 1-1 draw.
Uruguay team news vs Russia
Oscar Tabarez is expected to field a similar side to the won that beat Saudi Arabia.
Should he decide to change things a bit, Tabarez could call upon Arsenal target Lucas Torreira in midfield.
Russia team news vs Uruguay
Alan Dzgoev is set to miss out once against after picking up a hamstring injury in Russia’s opener against Saudi Arabia.
Following solid performances in both of their matches, Stanislav Cherchesov will have little reason to change his eleven.
Uruguay predicted line-up vs Russia
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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