Uruguay vs Portugal preview, betting tips and prediction

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Suarez vs Ronaldo is shaping up nicely…

Uruguay to win with Betfair @ 9/5 with Betfair

Uruguay and Portugal clash in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Saturday evening. Both sides play a very similar style of football which involves staying compact and allowing talented attacking players the freedom to win games. For Uruguay, Luís Suarez is the obvious threat going forward. The Barcelona man has two goals to his name already this summer, but his strike partner Edinson Cavani has continually flattered to deceive in front of goal. Their biggest star has been the Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, who has been the one bright spark in midfield. It is a similar story for Portugal, who have relied on individual brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo to get them through so far. Suarez and Ronaldo, who has four goals to his name, go head-to-head, and while the game doesn’t promise much by way of entertainment, we are backing Uruguay to prevail.

While they have not played well, they have more individual quality than Portugal and that should win them this game. The Selecao have perhaps been harshly treated; minutes away from topping the group, which would have seen them face hosts Russia, a penalty scored by Iran cost them two crucial points after a controversial VAR decision. But they simply must put that to one side and focus their minds, just as they did in Euro 2016 as they hobbled through the tournament before beating France in the final. With Ronaldo in their side, they always have a chance, but chances could be few and far between in this one.

The value in the goalscoring markets are obvious. Suarez is at 7/4 anytime, which could be a good bet, while Ronaldo is 13/5. The thing with these teams is that the majority of their chances will go toward those players, so there isn’t much value looking anywhere else. There shouldn’t be many goals in this game.

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