Uruguay vs. Portugal
|Date & Time||Saturday June 30, 2018, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Portugal -200 / Draw +200 / Uruguay +180 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Uruguay will take on Portugal in the round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This is the business end of the tournament where a loss will mean elimination. Both teams are filled with tons of talent and as a result, we should be able to see a great game of football.
Uruguay have grown into this tournament well. The South Americans started slowly but have improved in every game. Their final group game against Russia showed their quality and they will look to display that again against Portugal. This team is well balanced with top quality players such as Suarez, Cavani, and Godin playing all over the park. There is a great expectation on Uruguay and it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure.
Portugal, on the other hand, have been overly reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo carried the team in the first two games and when he couldn’t against Iran, the side failed. Ronaldo will need to have a big game against Uruguay if Portugal is to make it to the next stage of the competition. Portugal will also need to defend well since conceding goals in knockout games can lead to great disaster.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to predict that Uruguay wins this game and makes it to the round of 16 of the competition. They are the better side and I think they should get the job done. As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a good enough price to bet on Uruguay to win and that should be the first choice wager in this game. In addition to this, I am also suggesting the under 2.5 goals. Knockout games tend to be low scoring.