Uruguay vs Portugal : Team News, Preview, Probable Line Up, Betting Odds and TV Guide

Portugal will have a tough task versus in-form Uruguay in the second Round of 16 fixture of World Cup 2018.


World Cup 2018 has already produced enough thrill and surprises in the Group league outings where reigning champions Germany got knocked out by minnows South Korea and Senegal suffered a heartbreaking exit due to conceding more yellow cards than Japan. The heavyweights like Argentina, Portugal and Spain had a mountain to climb to make it to the Round of 16, however, the battle of the elites begins now when Portugal will take on Uruguay on Saturday night.

Portugal, the 2016 UEFA Euro champions, survived a late scare against Iran and managed to finish runners-up behind Spain in the Group B due to less amount of goals scored, therefore, booked the berth against impressive Uruguay who won all three of their group stage fixtures without conceding any. Iconic Cristiano Ronaldo will threaten the Uruguayan defensive line, but the presence of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, the Atletico Madrid duo, will be difficult to break down and their striking partners Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez will rather trouble the Portuguese defence that has been vulnerable so far in this competition.

Uruguay vs Portugal Injury News:

Jose Gimenez had a thigh strain that ruled him out for Russia clash. But he is now fit and has returned to team training, therefore, ready to restrict Ronaldo from causing menace.

Portugal have a few injury concerns in Gelson Martins, Raphael Guerreiro and William Carvalho due to a muscle strain but is likely to recover ahead of the Round of 16 tie.

Uruguay vs Portugal Probable Lineups:



Uruguay vs Portugal Last Meeting:

Their last meeting occurred 46 years back where the game ended all square at Maracana. Uruguay earned an early lead via Ricardo Pavoni which was cancelled out by Jaime Graca in the closing minutes of the first half.

Uruguay vs Portugal Key Players:

Uruguay will rely on their star striker duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to score and regular defensive partners Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez to protect the goal. Matías Vecino and Rodrigo Bentancur are solid in central midfield and will be instrumental to battle it out in the middle of the park.

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Portugal will be largely relying on Cristiano Ronaldo who, on his day, will single-handedly snatch a game from the opponents. Ricardo Quaresma who scored a ‘trivela’ against Iran will make an impact from the wing. Joao Moutinho will have to step up to control things in midfield and create opportunities high up the pitch.

Uruguay vs Portugal Head-To-Head Stats:

Uruguay Win: 0

Draw: 1

Portugal Win: 1

Uruguay vs Portugal Current Form (Latest Result First):

Uruguay: W-W-W-W-W-W

Portugal: D-W-D-W-D-D

Uruguay vs Portugal Betting Odds (Subject To Change):

Uruguay: 15/8

Portugal: 2

Uruguay vs Portugal Live Streaming:

The game is scheduled on Saturday from 11:30 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony Networks for the Indian viewers and Sony LIV app available in Play Store. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook us.