Uruguay vs Russia
Monday 25/06/2018 | 15:00 GMT | Samara Arena
Hosts Russia take on two-time world champions Uruguay in the final match of Group A for the battle for the top spot. As it stands, Russia are top thanks to their far superior goal difference, Russia only need to avoid defeat to progress as group winners.
Going through as group winners has big implications, Group winners of group A will play the runners-up of group B, most likely to be Portugal or Iran. However, finishing up as runners up will likely set up a round of 16 clash against the joint tournament favourites Spain, it’s clear why both Russia and Uruguay will want to finish as group winners.
Russia have been a breath of fresh air in this world cup with their attacking play and boisterous home fans. Uruguay so far have been the complete opposite, only two goals in their 2 games and barely any moments of memorable play. Going into the match however, Uruguay are still slight favourites. Maybe Uruguay will finally adopt an expansive playing style now that they have secured passage on to the next round but those who follow Uruguay closely know that is highly unlikely. Veteran Uruguay coach Oscar Tabrez is not someone who changes his philosophy quickly and he’s certainly not going to do it in the middle of a world cup finals campaign.
Russia have a real chance of going much further than most had expected of them. Wining the group will give them chance of meeting a more beatable opponent in the second round and all they need is a draw, but I fear they will stick to their gung-ho style and play into the hands of the Uruguayans.
The Uruguayans love opponents who come on to them and leave space for their two world-class strikers to mount quick counter-attacks. The Uruguayans have possibly the best centre-backs pairing in the world in Godin and Gimenez. The Atletico Madrid defenders are used to soaking up pressure game after game at the very highest level, while Russia have scored plenty of goals in the two matches so far, they’re by no means at the elite level of world football. The Russians should be more pragmatic in this game and just play for draw, but I fear they will get carried away by their home support and go for the win and in turn walking into the obvious trap the Uruguayans have set up for them.
Uruguay vs Russia Betting Tips
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