By Thomas Strong
Last Updated: 25th June 2018
Mon 25th June 2018
Samara Arena, Samara
Live on ITV 1
Uruguay vs Egypt line-ups
Uruguay XI: Muslera, Caceres, Coates, Godin, Laxalt, Nandez, Torreira, Vecino, Bentancur, Suarez, Cavani.
Russia XI: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kurdjasov, Samedov, Gazinskiy, Miranchuk, Zobnin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba.
The match between Uruguay and Russia sees both teams already qualified for the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup.
Uruguay vs Russia qualification permutations
With both teams already through to the round of 16, the winner of this match will top the group and face the side that finishes second in Group B, which could, at this stage, be Spain, Portugal or Iran.
If the clash ends in a stalemate, then the host nation will top the section thanks to their vastly superior goal difference.
Given both side already know they are through to the next round and are unlikely to gain a markedly better draw by winning the group, a fairly insipid contest could end up unfolding.
Neither Uruguay or Russia have taken part in match featuring more than two yellow cards in Russia, while the former have yet to receive a single booking making odds 1/2 about under four bookings look like buying money.
Uruguay vs Russia Odds
Uruguay and Russia are inseparable in the match betting, with both sides 9/5 to win and the draw 19/10.
The odds compilers evidently foresee a low-scoring contest in Samara, as Both Teams to Score – No is the 8/11 favourite in that market and under 2.5 match goals trades at just 4/7.
Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are 7/2 joint favourites to score first, while Artem Dzubya (4/1) is shortest-priced among the Russians. Denis Cheryshev, joint-third in the tournament goalscoring charts, can be backed at 3/1 to net anytime.
Uruguay vs Russia Match Stats
Russia have won six of their eight meetings against Uruguay (this includes games as the Soviet Union). However, both nations have a win apiece in their head-to-head at World Cup finals.
Uruguay’s only previous win against Russia came in World Cup 1970 thanks to a 117th minute strike by Victor Esparrago.
Russia have already surpassed pre-tournament expectations by qualifying for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time since 1986.
La Celeste (The Sky Blue) have produced two steadfast defensive displays in their two 1-0 victories, however more has been expected from a front line containing Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani, the latter of which is yet to score in Russia 2018.
What would be a fifth successive Uruguay win to nil in all competitions can be backed at odds of 16/5, .
Having scored eight goals in their opening two matches, Sbornaya (the National Team) have a positive goal difference of +7 in their opening two World Cup matches in the 2018 tournament, which will see them top Group A if the match finishes as a draw.
Uruguay vs Russia Key Players to watch
Denis Cheryshev is Russia’s top scorer in the tournament with three goals – prior to their opener against Saudi Arabia, he had failed to find the net in 11 appearances for the national team. Cheryshev is currently 8/1 to score first and continue his relative purple patch.
Uruguay’s front men have yet to take off in Russia, if you fancy them, to finally find their feet against the lowest ranked team left the tournament, then Suarez and Cavani to both score is currently trading at odds 9/2.
Russia have produced four different goal scorers in the tournament so far through Gazinskiy, Cheryshev, Dzyuba and Golovin. This represents twice as many as they did in the entire 2014 edition in Brazil.
Uruguay vs Russia team news:
Uruguay will have to make do without central defender Jose Gimenez, who will miss out due to a thigh injury.
Russia will be missing Alan Dzagoev, with the central midfielder still ruled out due to the thigh injury sustained in the opening match against Saudi Arabia.