Who will win Uruguay vs Portugal – Prediction & Odds, World Cup 2018

29th June 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
Uruguay v Portugal- World Cup 2018

Uruguay vs Portugal World Cup Prediction 30th June 2018 – 7.00 p.m

Uruguay delivered on their favouritism to win Group A at the 2018 World Cup over host nation Russia. They made it through by winning all three of their games and really coming to life in their final group stage match against the Russians. Portugal had some scrapes and scares along the way in their group stage campaign which almost saw them beat Spain to the top spot in Group B. It wasn’t to be and this fixture was projected from the start. Now it is time to look at predictions for Uruguay v Portugal to see who is the most likely to progress.

Uruguay vs Portugal Odds*

Uruguay 9/5
Draw 2/1
Portugal 2/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.)

Who will win Uruguay vs Portugal?

It is hard to project this as being anything less than a tight duel. They both have some strengths in defence but looking at who will win Uruguay vs Portugal round of sixteen clashes, there may be a key factor which will split them. That may end up being the superior firepower that the South Americans have in their ranks.

Superior scoring power of La Celeste

We have seen the best and the average of Uruguay so far at the 2018 World Cup. They opened their campaign with back to back 1-0 wins over Egypt and Saudi Arabia and didn’t look overly convincing in either of them, to be honest. But they produced their best for their trickiest game of the group stage campaign when they beat Russia 3-0 to top the group. It is worth having a look at the Uruguay 1-0 correct score option at bet365 for 6/1 odds * (Betting Odds were taken from June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.) for a Uruguay v Portugal prediction. Because of the nature of Portugal’s conservative game, this isn’t likely to be a high scoring game at all. Uruguay are carrying great form with a six-match winning streak going at the moment and they have not conceded a single goal in that sequence. They are such a well organised defensive side that it is worth considering Uruguay to win to nil at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.). Going forward they do have more to offer than Portugal as well because of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, both of who were on target in their win over Russia. Suarez has scored the opening goal in two of Uruguay’s three World Cup games this summer and he is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.) for this game.

Fading Portugal there for the taking?

Portugal didn’t have the easiest of times in Group B at the 2018 World Cup despite coming within touching distance of winning it. They had some bright early moments in a 3-3 draw with Spain in their first game, but still had to end up chasing the game. Then they were on the back foot against Morocco in their second game and the Africans were so unlucky to not have gotten a draw out of the fixture. Then Portugal played out a 1-1 draw against Iran in their final game as they struggled once again to put lower-quality opponents out of sight comfortably. So it is not as if Portugal have been all that convincing but then again, Portugal’s Euro 2016 title-winning campaign was built off of mediocrity and resilience.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a 6/5 anytime goalscorer option* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.) and he has four goals at the tournament so far, but really, since he scored early against Morocco in their second game, he has looked pretty anonymous. Portugal have won only three of their last nine games, drawing five of those (L1) so they do struggle to wins matches. But then all those drawn matches means that they are a resilient side. They have conceded in just two of their last five games. Our prediction for Uruguay v Portugal is under 2.5 goals at 4/9 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.) and that appears to be a bit of a banker. This is going to be a hard game for them to get anything out of because they are facing an in-form team with a superb defensive record.

Uruguay vs Portugal Prediction

For our Uruguay v Portugal predictions we cannot see anything other than a close game being played out here. Portugal manages to stick in there pretty well defensively even if they ride their luck at times. The difference in this game is likely going to boil down to the extra scoring power that Uruguay have so we are backing the South Americans to edge the victory by a one-goal margin.

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