The 2018 World Cup is entering the first critical stage as far as elimination is concerned as we start the final round of group games. Group A will kick things off on Monday afternoon as Uruguay and Russia meet to decide who will top Group A.
Both teams have secured qualification to the Round of 16 and will face the winners and runners-up of Group B. With the strong possibility of meeting Spain or Portugal, winning the group may not be as important as first thought but the confidence gained from another win cannot be underestimated.
Uruguay come into this match having won their second game of the group 1-0 against Saudi Arabia. It was not a convincing performance from the South American nation, who were expected to defeat the Saudi team with ease.
However, they got the job done it was their second 1-0 win of the tournament having defeated Egypt by the same scoreline in their opening Group A match. Neither win was particularly impressive but Uruguay are clearly placing the emphasis on their defence and keeping clean sheets.
Another clean sheet in this game could be enough to see them clinch maximum points and win the group.
Russia started the 2018 World Cup under huge pressure and not much was expected from the hosts. However, a stunning 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the first game of the tournament was the ideal start and got the fans and media back on side.
It was just what the Russian team required and they went into their second game knowing a win would be good enough to see them through. Having failed to open the scoring in the first half, the floodgates opened after the break and Russia scored 3 goals to win the match 3-1.
This match against Uruguay will be their toughest to date and it will be interesting to see how they cope.
Uruguay have no injury or suspension concerns ahead of this game. The defence and attack pick themselves so the only possible place for changes is in the midfield but Oscar Tabarez seems set on his starting XI.
Russia are still without Alan Dzagoev who picked up a hamstring injury against Saudi Arabia in the first match of the tournament. They are unlikely to make any changes from the team which started against Egypt.
Top Betting Tips
Russia have been the more impressive of the two teams so far but Uruguay will be their biggest test of the tournament to date. The South American’s have the quality in attack and defence to win this game and are priced at 6/4 with Ladbrokes.
If Uruguay are to come out on top, it’s sure to be through another battling display, with a strong defensive unit. Uruguay to win 1-0 is 9/2 with William Hill.
Luis Suarez got off the mark in the match against Egypt which leaves Edinson Cavani as the striker still looking for his first goal of the tournament. Cavani to score the first goal of the game is 7/2 at Ladbrokes. More odds you can find under this best betting odds comparison. The best mobile betting sites find here.