2018 FIFA World Cup – Uruguay vs Portugal Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 30th June, 19:00

Where? Fisht Olympic Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE

THE TEAM NEWS

URUGUAY

  • Uruguay won all three of their group matches without conceding a goal and they saved their best performance in beating Russia 3-0.
  • Tabarez made a handful of rotations for that final group game but he will likely revert to the side that started and beat Saudi Arabia.
  • There were signs against Russia that both Suarez and Cavani were just finding something close to their best form which is ominous.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2):

Muslera

Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres

Sanchez, Bentancur, Vecino, Rodriguez

Cavani, Suarez

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

PORTUGAL

  • Portugal edged past Iran in a dramatic final group stage match as they come into the knockout phase looking to Ronaldo to inspire once again.
  • Fernando Santos has slight injury concerns over Guerreiro and Gelson Martins but both should be fit with the former able to start.
  • Joao Moutinho could come back into the side after missing the Iran match with Santos likely to prefer his experience over Adrien Silva.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2):

Rui Patricio

Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro

Ricardo Quaresma, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Joao Mario

Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Guerreiro, Gelson Martins

THE PREDICTION

This match will be an enticing tactical battle and quite possibly low on goals. Uruguay have arguably the best defence in the tournament so they will keep a close eye on Cristiano Ronaldo, and they will not have it their own way against the Portuguese defence so expect under 2.5 goals in this one.