World Cup 2018 football predictions for Uruguay – Saudi Arabia
Uruguay faces Saudi Arabia in its second World Cup match 2018. The duel is on June 20, Wednesday, with the match played at the Rostov Arena stadium.
Uruguay scored a tough 1-0 victory over Egypt in the first round, thanks to the defeat of defender Jose Gimenez in the final minutes. Expectations were a much easier success for the “Ursus”, but they had serious difficulties in defeating the defense of Egypt. Now Uruguay is the favorite for the victory over Saudi Arabia, which lost 0:5 from Russia in the opening match.
Uruguay made a weak first half against Egypt. The coach Oscar Tabares bet on a 4-4-2 line as Suarez and Cavani were at the top of the attack. But they had very few chances in front of the opponent’s door, as Luis Suarez missed the cleanest situation for the opponents until the break. In the middle of the half-time he immediately dropped the ball out of the open door but did not manage to make a good shot. Otherwise, Uruguay only made four strikes against the opposing door in the first part and only twice the Egyptian guard had to intervene. In defense, Oscar Tabares’ alumni did not have any problems, such as Diego Godin stopping every dangerous attack on his opponent, and once goalkeeper Fernando Musler intervened routinely. Earlier in the second half, Oscar Tabares made changes by releasing Carlos Sanchez and Christian Rodriguez. Uruguay, however, failed to break the defense of Egypt until the end of the match. In the 90th minute Sanchez is centered by a corner kick and the central defender Jose Gimenez scored the so-called “scratch” goal with which they successfully started the World Cup 2018. Overall, in the last 15-20 minutes Uruguay showed better football and deservedly won the game . Now, however, the team can not afford a break because it wants to enter the final match of the group stage against Russia with a six point asset.
Saudi Arabia failed in its first World Cup match in 2018. The Arab country failed to oppose Russia in any way. Perhaps only in the first ten minutes of the match Saudi Arabia was an equal rival. Despite the more defensive tactics, the defense of the team did not look good. They let Russia break through the center of the field and on the wings. In the attack, Saudi Arabia has failed to hamper its rival, and now will face the strong defense of Uruguay, in which Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez are just impressive. Juan Antonio Pizzi has to come up with a new plan to make his alumni more equal to the opponent if they do not want to make another major defeat. It is likely that the team of Saudi Arabia will have changes after the weak match against Russia on Thursday.
For this match we can find at least four very interesting bets. The first one is Uruguay to win with at least two goals difference. After the start of World Cup 2018 for Luis Suarez and Essonne Cavani, now they will both be ambitious to show much more, and what a better rival from Saudi Arabia to score goals and Uruguay to win with a difference. I also expect over 2.5 goals in the match. Almost sure Uruguay will score in the first 30 minutes of the match, which will open the match and will probably score at least three goals in the match. The more courageous players can try and score a bigger handicap with the Uruguay over 2.5 goals per team. Even the top scorer of the victory goal against Egypt, Jose Gimenez, can be found again, as the team of Saudi Arabia is not at all stable in static positions and Uruguay’s high-profile footballers will have chances to hit.
Good Luck with our football predictions for the World Cup 2018!