Saudi Arabia vs. Uruguay
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 20, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Arabia +1858 / Uru -648 / Draw +736 -- Over/Under: 3
Uruguay and Saudi Arabia meet Wednesday in World Cup soccer action at the Rostov Arena.
Uruguay was able to grind out a 1-0 victory against Egypt, as it controlled the ball for 58 percent of the match and received a late minute goal from Jose Gimenez. Uruguay got 14 shot attempts overall, four of which were on target and it overcame 12 fouls in what was a physical match. Of course, it helped that Mohamed Salah wasn’t playing on the other side, which made things much easier defensively. Also, the game could have been a much more comfortable result if Luis Suarez was able to finish several easy chances to find the back of the net. Regardless, Uruguay has now won each of its last four matches and hasn’t allowed a single goal since its November friendly match against Austria, which also happens to be the clubs only loss in its last 10 games. Uruguay has a chance to make it out of the group stages for the third straight World Cup.
Saudi Arabia was the biggest disappointment in the first matches of the World Cup, as it lost 5-0 to Russia in the opening match of the tournament. Despite controlling the ball 59 percent of the match, Saudi Arabia didn’t get a single shot on goal and pretty much quit defensively in the second half. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi didn’t give the Russians any credit in the outcome, as he simply blamed his team for not showing up and called the showing shameful. It will be interesting to see how this group rebounds from their coaches words, as that could either motivate or lead to more quitting. We knew Saudi Arabia wasn’t a great team heading into the tournament and the lack of big match experience was going to hurt. However, Russia isn’t a world beater and shouldn’t be beating anybody by five goals. We should see a better Saudi Arabia club this time around.
There’s no previous meetings between these two sides.
Saudi Arabia was in over its head in this match before the game against Russia took place. After seeing how that contest went down, it’s hard making a case for the Green Falcons to make this even close to competitive. Uruguay is a strong team and is currently the favorite to make it out of Group A. This club doesn’t give up anything defensively and has just enough good looks offensively to balance things out.
Saudi Arabia is likely going to blasted once again, which is why I’ll take Uruguay by two or more goals.