With a strikeforce consisting of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, many expected Uruguay to sweep away their competition in this World Cup group. However, they have adopted a much more cautious approach, and it’s one that could potentially cost them the top spot in this group.
They come into the final game of the group stages with two wins from two, but their contained style has limited both of their games to 1-0 scorelines. This means that host nation Russia top the group on goal difference, so the South Americans need a win on Monday if they want to take the top spot.
That said, Uruguay are phenomenally solid at the back. They have won five matches on the bounce now and now conceded a single goal in the process, and they’ve kept a clean sheet in seven of their last ten matches. With Russia expected to play within themselves and aim for a draw, we can’t see Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez getting too threatened at the back here either.
Russia came into their home World Cup as the lowest ranked team in the entire tournament, but they have proven the FIFA rankings wrong with two excellent performances so far. The first of these was a 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener, and they followed that with an equally impressive 3-1 victory over Egypt on Tuesday to put themselves in prime position to top the group.
It’s been a surprisingly open and attractive style of football from the host nation, but against Uruguay they are unlikely to expose themselves as much. They know that a draw is enough to win their group, and Uruguay’s defence is a lot more solid than that of Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Uruguay have lost just once in the last 12 months of football, and we don’t expect them to fall to defeat here either. They will press until the final whistle for a winner, and backing a Uruguay Draw No Bet looks the best choice of bets here. However, we’re expecting another tight game. Both of Uruguay’s matches have been goalless at the break so far, so we’re also going for a Draw/ Uruguay Half-Time/Full-Time result and a 1-0 correct score predictions.
Uruguay Predicted Lineup: Muslera, Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Vecino, Bentancur, Nandez, Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani
Russia Predicted Lineup: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Cheryshev, Golovin, Samedov, Dzyuba
HEAD TO HEAD
Including their time as the Soviet Union, Russia have beaten Uruguay in six of their eight meetings, although Uruguay did beat Russia in the World Cup back in 1970. (Source)
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URUGUAY VS RUSSIA STATS
Russia have lost each of their last four World Cup meetings with South American sides, scoring just once – including their 1970 World Cup loss to Uruguay.
Uruguay have won their last two World Cup matches against European sides (England and Italy), having failed to win any of their previous 15 against them (W0, D6 L9).
Russia have scored more goals in this World Cup (8) than they had in their previous two World Cup tournaments combined (6, across 2002 and 2014).
Each of the last three European host nations of a World Cup prior to 2018 have won all three of their group stage games (Germany 2006, France 1998, Italy 1990).
Russia have a positive goal difference of +7 in their opening two World Cup matches in the 2018 tournament. All three of the previous host nations to have a +5 goal difference or more in their opening two games of that World Cup have gone on to win the tournament: France (+7) in 1998, Italy (+6) in 1934 and Uruguay (+5) in 1930.
Fernando Muslera could win his 100th cap for Uruguay in this match (currently on 99) and would become the seventh player to reach the landmark for La Celeste.
Denis Cheryshev is Russia’s top scorer in the tournament with three goals – prior to their opener against Saudi Arabia, he had failed to find the net in 11 appearances for the national team.
Russia have had four different scorers in the tournament so far (Gazinskiy, Cheryshev, Dzyuba and Golovin) – twice as many as they did in the entire 2014 edition in Brazil.Fastest Paying Betting Site in Nigeria: Grab your 140% First Time Deposit Bonus Now — www.Sportybet.Com Copyright © 2021 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.