Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia
Competition: 2018 World Cup finals
Date: 20 June 2018
Kick-off: 17:00 CET
Uruguay needed an 89th-minute goal to beat Egypt the other day (1-0), but hardly anyone can claim that the South Americans didn’t deserve all three points. They were better than Egypt throughout the match, and if Luis Suárez hadn’t had a very poor day, they would have scored earlier, more than once. With Mohamed Salah out, Uruguay had the… luxury to worry less about Egypt’s counterattacks, knowing that without their biggest star the Africans were way less dangerous. The day after the match, Uruguayans… practically took the day off, preparing a barbecue lunch with music, having a dip in their training center’s pool. It was… relaxation time for them, and a proof of how much of a family this Uruguay team is, unlike other sides in these finals(…).
Given the way they played against Russia, it’s rather safe to claim that Saudi Arabia have been the worst-performing team in the finals thus far. Their appearance in their opener was an utter disgrace, the kind of appearance that makes you wonder “what are they doing in the World Cup finals”. Watching them against Russia I was left with the impression that if 11 randomly selected Saudi Arabian fans were picked from the Luzhniki stands to play instead of their national team, they wouldn’t have done much worse. The same team had lost only by one one to Germany and Italy in friendly games recently, but against Russia they were utterly pathetic.
Previous five matches:
Egypt vs Uruguay 0-1
Uruguay vs Uzbekistan 3-0
Wales vs Uruguay 0-1
Uruguay vs Czech Republic 2-0
Austria vs Uruguay 2-1
Russia vs Saudi Arabia 5-0
Germany vs Saudi Arabia 2-1
Saudi Arabia vs Peru 0-3
Italy vs Saudi Arabia 2-1
Saudi Arabia vs Greece 2-0
Uruguay’s last group match is against Russia, on Monday. Same day, Saudi Arabia will be facing Egypt.
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Head to head Stats
Uruguay and Saudi Arabia have met twice before, with both games being friendly ones. Interestingly, the South Americans are yet to beat Saudi Arabia. They lost 3-2 in 2002, and drew 1-1 in 2014.
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Prediction
I will be left shocked if Uruguay don’t beat THIS Saudi Arabia. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first shock in these World Cup finals…
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Betting Tips
A simple Uruguay win pays just 1.16. If they win and keep a clean sheet as well, you get 1.57. For more that than, I would gamble with the scorers, betting on Edinson Cavani to score either anytime (1.60), or, better, first (3.50).