By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 5th July 2018
Saturday 30th June
Kick-off: 15:00pm BST
Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Live on ITV
Uruguay vs Portugal odds
The Uruguay vs Portugal odds shade Oscar Tabarez’s troops as 7/4 favourites for victory in the 90 minutes match betting, with Portugal 9/5 and the draw priced up at 19/10.
Despite La Celeste being more likely to get the job done inside regulation time in the eyes of the William Hill odds compilers, the sides were inseparable in the to-qualify betting at 10/11 the pair.
La Celeste were victorious on the night, triumphing 2-1, and now Uruguay face France in the 2018 World Cup quarter finals.
Uruguay vs Portugal key players to watch
Luis Suarez’s free kick to open the scoring in Uruguay’s 3-0 victory over Russia in the final game of Group A was his seventh at a World Cup, helping him to surpass Diego Forlan.
Should he score two or more against Portugal he will also leapfrog Oscar Miguez to become Uruguay’s all-time World Cup top scorer. It’s 15/2 he helps himself to a double in the 90 minutes.
Alternatively, Suarez’s return of three strikes in his last four outings makes him a worthy contender to score first, which can be backed at 7/2.
For Portugal, it’s clear that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man to stop. Here’s how he compares to Suarez through their three group-stage fixtures:
Ronaldo missed the chance to move level with Harry Kane at the top of the scoring charts when failing to convert his penalty against Iran and his World Cup top goalscorer odds have drifted to 4/1 as a result.
He may be yet to notch for Portugal in a World Cup knockout game, with zero goals to show for 424 minutes of action, but he did score a hat-trick against Spain in his previous game at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium.
For those fancying both Suarez and Ronaldo to score, we’ve enhanced the odds from 9/2 to 11/2.
Uruguay vs Portugal team news
Portugal winger Gelson Martins and left-back Raphael Guerreiro are in contention to play after they returned to full training, but important midfielder William Carvalho could miss the game after not taking part in training.
Uruguay centre back Jose Gimenez could return for La Celeste after missing the victory against Russia due to a back injury.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos dubbed Uruguay as a “typical South American side”, lauding their extraordinary defensive record.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tarabez believes his team will need to show a vast improvement on the performance against Russia if they are to progress to the quarter finals.
“We need to improve very quickly” said Tarabez. “because any match in the round of 16 will be extremely difficult.”
El Maestro, as Tabarez is affectionately known, will be relieved that Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has returned to training ahead of the match after missing his side’s match against Russia with a thigh injury.
Having deployed a more attacking 4-3-1-2 in the demolition of the host nation, Uruguay are expected to revert to the more pragmatic 4-4-2 used in the opening two games, with changes of personnel expected as a result.
Fernando Santos has a full squad to pick from ahead of the clash, with Joao Moutinho fully recovered from the illness which limited him to a substitute appearance against Iran.
Goncalo Guedes is expected to return to the Seleccao XI after Adrian Silva failed to take full advantage of his starting birth against Team Melli.
Neither side are missing any players through suspension for this tie.
Portugal: Patricio, Guerreiro, Pepe, Fonte, Soares; Quaresma, Carvalho, Silva, Mario; Ronaldo, Guedes.
Uruguay: Muslera; Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Laxalt; Nandez, Vecino, Torreira, Bentancur; Suarez, Cavani.
Uruguay vs Portugal match stats
Edison Cavani (3) and Luis Suarez (7) have ten World Cup goals between them and have each scored in three different tournaments.
Uruguay are not the only team who are yet to concede a goal at the 2018 World Cup.
Portugal have never lost a World Cup match when they’ve scored first, winning on 13 of the 16 occasions they’ve done so down the years. Yet, they may have their work cut out penetrating Uruguay’s well-drilled rearguard.
The two-time world champions’ have won their last six games to nil, brushing off the absence of centre-half Gimenez to shut out Russia last time out. Moreover, La Celeste have faced just six shots on target in three World Cup games so far.
Eight of the last ten matches at major championships involving Fernando Santos’ European champions were all square at the end of normal time, which may go some way to explaining why they are outsiders in the 90 minutes match odds, yet the bookies have them and Uruguay quoted at the same price to qualify.
Penalty shoot-outs excluded, Portugal have lost only one of their last 17 games at major tournaments (W8 D8). However, they have lost their past three outings in the World Cup knock-out rounds (1 goal scored, 5 conceded).
All five of Uruguay’s goals at the 2018 World Cup come from set-pieces (three from corners, one from a direct free-kick and one from indirect free-kick). Meanwhile, three of the Seleccao’s last four goals have come from outside the box.