The stakes are high here in what otherwise appears to be a dead rubber. Both Russia and Uruguay are through to the last 16 come what may, but the possibility of playing Spain in the next round for the runner up of Group A – or Portugal/Iran for the winner – brings obvious rewards. So, who will prevail on Monday? Here’s our Russia vs Uruguay betting tips.
It is advantage Russia given their greater goal difference, and the host nation will be eyeing a rather more edifying last 16 clash with the winner of Portugal or Iran, rather than a Spanish outfit boasting obvious class.
Uruguay, on the other hand, have to beat the Russians in their own backyard to finish as Group A champions.
It’s a fascinating prospect, and for punters and neutrals it’s always better when there is something riding on the last wave of group matches.
So can Uruguay topple the hosts? Let’s take a look with our Russia vs Uruguay betting tips.
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Russia vs Uruguay Betting Tips
There has been a certain vitality to the play of the host nation, who had been all but written off before the tournament began.
But they clearly took great confidence from their hammering of Saudi Arabia, and carried that into another eye-catching win over Mo Salah’s Egypt last time out. They worked so hard – covering a whopping 115km of ground – and were rewarded with a 3-1 victory.
Uruguay, in stark contrast, have gone about their business in cautious, conservative fashion. They’ve won both of their Group A matches by a scoreline of 1-0, and that reflects their cagey style. The rigid 4-4-2 formation isn’t a great help towards creativity, with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani having to drop deeper and deeper to get involved in the game.
There is an Atletico Madrid feel to their set-up – not a huge surprise with Diego Godin in the side – although they will be without his central defensive partner, Jose Gimenez, who has a thigh injury.
It is hard to feel truly enamoured by the Uruguayans, and despite their exceptional game management and the presence of Suarez, Cavani, Godin and co in their starting eleven, you wonder if the joie de vivre that the Russians have found from somewhere might just give the hosts the edge here.
We can have a decent wager on Russia in the Draw No Bet market at Evens (2.00) with William Hill.
Russia vs Uruguay Betting Tips: Side Markets
Typically, we wouldn’t be lurching into any goals-based bets when Uruguay are involved in a game.
Their defensive approach does not lend itself to goalmouth action, and with Cavani and Suarez looking relatively quiet so far you wouldn’t necessarily expect that to change in a hurry.
But as we know, the stakes are high here and an early goal could open up this fixture something lovely.
So, we’re willing to take a punt on Over 2.5 Goals at 29/20 with NetBet.