Two of the most rigid, formulaic teams left in World Cup 2018 meet in the Round of 16; and we don’t expect this to be a Saturday night thriller. Uruguay and Portugal know how to grind out results, and this could be a tough watch at times with a quarter-final place at stake. Here’s our Uruguay vs Portugal betting tips.
Portugal’s brutalist 4-5-1 shape, with Cristiano Ronaldo deployed as an often lonely frontman, and head coach Fernando Santos’ modus operandi of keeping a clean sheet and hoping his talisman can find the net is conducive to free-flowing football; the 3-3 draw with Spain apart.
And don’t expect Uruguay to want to put on a show, either. A switch to 5-3-2 has freed them up a bit, but the onus here is on condensing the game and hoping that strike pairing Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani can conjure up a winner.
Both of these teams are masters in the dark art of s***housery too: niggly fouls that break up the play, play acting, time wasting, answering back to the referee….
What we’re saying is, if you have plans on Saturday night don’t change them! Instead, place your wagers using our Uruguay vs Portugal betting tips and go have some fun!
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Uruguay vs Portugal Betting Tips
There is a lot of talk about ‘momentum’ knocking around this World Cup at the moment, and while a lot of that is balderdash you shouldn’t underestimate how important the last game is to the next one.
And for that reason, you probably have to give Uruguay the edge here.
They went to five at the back and three in midfield, and they instantly looked better for it. The trio in the middle of park – Vecino, Bentancur and Torreira – were given license to roam and get closer to Suarez and Cavani, who have appeared isolated at times.
Aided by an early red card for their opponents, the South Americans steamrollered Russia 3-0 in their final Group A game; they are still to concede a goal in this competition.
Contrast that to a tetchy Portugal performance against the Iranians, where they offered little to suggest they can feature at the business end of the tournament.
There is plenty of merit in taking the 7/4 available on Uruguay to win this match in normal time, but if you want to manage your risk somewhat there is still legs in the 17/20 on Uruguay Draw No Bet with William Hill.
Uruguay vs Portugal Betting Tips: Side Markets
As discussed, don’t expect this to be an end-to-end thriller.
It’s more likely to be a defence-first, cagey affair with lots of stoppages and cynical fouls stopping attacking moves before they get into full flight.
There is an Over 4.5 Card line available at odds of 6/5, and we certainly wouldn’t discourage punters from tucking into that.
For lower risk, try Both Teams to Score: No at 4/6 with NetBet. It just feels like it’s going to be one of those games.