Portugal vs Uruguay – There are some unresolved business between Portugal and Uruguay. When these two faced off in the World Cup’s Round of 16, the Latin Americans eliminated the then-reigning European champions.
The Portuguese are desperate to atone for their loss. They have had a successful beginning to their campaign. For their opening match, they faced Ghana, the tournament’s lowest-ranked team, and won 3-2.
Additionally, it required a lot of work, and nearly 70 minutes passed with the scores tied at 0-0 when the floodgates burst. The trio of Cristiano Ronaldo and company scored three.
There is an asterisk, though. A single African team had yet to score in the competition, but Ghana not only kept them scoreless for the whole of the game but also scored two goals.
And the Uruguayans would bet on precisely this. They have two deadly strikers in Darwin Nunez and Luis Suarez, and after how well they played in the CONMEBOL Qualifiers, they are also full of confidence.
After having a sluggish beginning to their qualification campaign, the Uruguayans went on a rampage toward the end.
Additionally, Suarez and company can also rely on another statistic. Cristiano Ronaldo has never defeated Latin American teams despite having a tremendous career.
The Portuguese talisman actually lacks a single competitive victory over a South American team. And to make matters worse for them, the defense, which is still among the finest in the world and is commanded by Diego Godin, displayed its prowess against South Korea.
Portugal vs Uruguay – Betting Analysis
These two teams have only faced off once previously, during the World Cup Round of 16. Then Uruguay won by a score of 1-0.
Portugal should be a little concerned at how they allowed Ghana to get past their defence. Also, they have failed badly in the past few months when the pressure was at its highest.
For example, in the UEFA World Cup Qualifiers, they had to play against Serbia, and in the Nations League, they had to play against Spain.
And it should be emphasized that despite having the upper hand entering these games, the 2016 Euro champions fell short.
The Uruguayans, meanwhile, were in excellent form during the challenging CONMEBOL Qualifiers, where they eventually went on a four-match winning streak.
Additionally, they have only lost once all year, and they have a better head-to-head record than their rival. The signs point to a narrow victory for Uruguay.
And you can rely on Latin Americans’ point man, Darwin Nunez, to end the impasse. He wants to prove his critics wrong, and it seems like the national team is a better place for him right now than Anfield.
Portugal vs Uruguay: Head-to-Head
Our Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals
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