2018 FIFA World Cup – Uruguay vs Portugal Preview


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



  • 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):


Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres

Sanchez, Bentancur, Vecino, Rodriguez

Cavani, Suarez

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None


  • 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


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.