Uruguay v Portugal Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Cristiano Ronaldo faces Luis Suarez in the last 16 of the World Cup but we think the strikers will struggle in a game of two evenly-matched sides

Saturday evening's game in Sochi has the potential to be one of the most keenly contested ties in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Uruguay qualified for the knockout stages top of Group A, having won all three group games for the first time ever.

Portugal had a much tougher passage through to the knockout stages, although were it not for a late Iran penalty, Fernando Santos' men would have finished top of Group B.

Latest odds

Such is the parity between the teams that the bookmakers can barely split them with William Hill offering Uruguay at 7/4 (2.75) to win in 90 minutesm while Portugal can be backed at 9/5 (2.80).

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For that reason, the draw is offered at lower odds than one would usually expect to see for a high-profile international clash at just 19/10 (2.90).

Team news

Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez could be doubt for the game having missed the last group match against Russia with a muscle problem.

The 23-year-old returned to training on Wednesday and is pushing for a return to the starting eleven.

Preview

Uruguay are the only side yet to concede a goal in the tournament, although their group was arguably one of the weakest in the competition.

Nevertheless, there is plenty of merit in keeping three clean sheets in this most open of World Cups and Oscar Tabarez's side will be looking for another shutout against Portugal.

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The European champions are not renowned for their attacking flair, although they have managed to find the back of the net in all three games at the tournament so far.

Despite both sides boasting world-class attacking players, they are both naturally defensive in their outlook and we should expect Saturday's game to be one of the tightest in this round of matches.

Tips and predictions

These sides are going to be hard to split and backing the game to go to penalties at 9/2 (5.50) looks like an excellent option for a value bet.

Also worthy of consideration is backing at draw at both half time and full time at 27/10 (3.70), which seems like an intelligent way of backing a stalemate. 

Betting Banner - Best Bet Game to go to penalties at 9/2 (5.50) for a 1pt stake with William Hill

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