Uruguay vs Uzbekistan
Competition: International friendly
Date: 8 June 2018
Kick-off: 01:10 CET
Óscar Washington Tabárez, Uruguay’s… eternal coach (he has been in charge for 12 years now, and he had worked as national coach in Uruguay before as well), and the Uruguayan FA made an… interesting choice, going for just one friendly game, and that, against a weak side like Uzbekistan. Uruguay’s last friendly test was back in March, they beat the Czech Republic and Wales in China, but… that’s it. These last days, while all other World Cup finalists were playing friendly matches, Uruguay were “just” training. This is the only game they’ll play before starting their group matches in Russia. Good news for them is that all key players are available; Luis Suárez, Edinson Cavani, Diego Godín, the list of top players is long, and they are all available.
Uzbekistan players should be feeling thankful they are given the chance to play against Uruguay, a team of that level, and not just… anywhere, but in Montevideo, at Centenario, a stadium that is so much more than a simple stadium, more like a… monument of world football, stage of the first ever World Cup final. The Uzbeks have lost four of their last six matches (qualifiers and friendly ones combined), drawing in the other two. What makes their poor record even more… interesting, is that in those six games, they scored just one goal, against Senegal, back in March, and (wait for it, because it gets even “better”), that was a goal scored from the penalty spot.
Previous five matches:
Wales vs Uruguay 0-1
Uruguay vs Czech Republic 2-0
Austria vs Uruguay 2-1
Poland vs Uruguay 0-0
Uruguay vs Bolivia 4-2
Iran vs Uzbekistan 1-0
Morocco vs Uzbekistan 2-0
Senegal vs Uzbekistan 1-1
UAE vs Uzbekistan 1-0
Uzbekistan vs South Korea 0-0
Uruguay’s next game is against Egypt, in something over a week, their first in the World Cup finals. Uzbekistan’s next scheduled game is in January 2019.
Uruguay vs Uzbekistan: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Uruguay vs Uzbekistan: Prediction
As previously mentioned, the game is held in Montevideo, not at some neutral venue. I definitely expect Uruguay to win, and I will be very-very-VERY surprised if they concede.
Uruguay vs Uzbekistan: Betting Tips
A simple Uruguay win pays close to nothing, under 1.10. Even combined with a clean sheet, it doesn’t go higher than 1.40. The hosts haven’t played a friendly game in over two months, so it’s hard to guess what they’ll look like after all those training sessions the last two weeks, but with the players they have available, and eager to please the crowd just before flying to Europe, I see them score at least four goals. “Over 3.5” is my main tip, at 2.25. “Over 2.5” pays way less, 1.53, but obviously feels (and is indeed) less risky.