Russia vs. Uruguay Prediction
With both teams having qualified for the round of 16, the only drama in today's match between Russia and Uruguay will be which squad wins the group. Will Russia get a win or a draw to take Group A as the host country?
97800 Russia vs. 97801 Uruguay
Monday, June 25, 2018
Samara Arena at 10AM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, Russia is a +175 favorite to win on the moneyline. Uruguay is a slight +180 underdog, while a draw bet is set at +205. The total sits at 2 goals.
Russia rolls to another win
The Russians positioned itself to win Group A by defeating Egypt 3-1 last Tuesday and have now outscored its opponents 8-1. The initial score came two minutes into the second half on an own goal by Ahmed Fathi. Denis Cheryshev added a goal in the 59th minute, while another score by Artem Dzyuba put it away in the 63rd minute. Russia held only 46 percent of the possession and fired 11 shots (three on goal), while Egypt had 13 shots (one on goal). Egypt scored its lone goal in the 73rd minute on a penalty kick.
Suarez leads Uruguay to win
Often controversial star Luis Suarez has been on mostly good behavior through two games at this World Cup and instead is focused on doing the other thing he is quite good at - scoring goals. He put one in the net in the 23rd minute of Uruguay's match Tuesday against Saudi Arabia, which held up in the 1-0 victory. It is the second straight 1-0 win for Uruguay, which will need another triumph today to win the group as a draw would give the group to Russia on goal differential. Uruguay had 47 percent of the possession against Egypt, while taking 13 shots (four on goal. Saudi Arabia notched eight shots (three on goal).
Russia has been far better than predicted through two games, clearly getting a boost from being the host country. Uruguay, on the other hand, has disappointed somewhat and looked lethargic yet still has two wins. I'm going to say everything sorts itself out some in this match as Uruguay finally plays up to its standards and takes down Russia to win the group. Uruguay has much more talent here.
WORLD CUP DAILY PREDICTION: URUGUAY +180