Uruguay – Saudi Arabia Prediction & Picks (20.06.2018)


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Uruguay and Saudi Arabia meet, in a match for this phase of the World Cup (Group Stage). There is only record of 1 recent direct match between these two teams, on 10-10-2014, which ended with a draw by (1-1).


The team arrives at this second day of Group A after a victory in its opening in this group stage, against Egypt, by (0-1). In the last 10 matches Uruguay have won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. In their matches there is a tendency for goals, since 13 of the last 18 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 5 games in which they suffered the first goal. In the last 18 matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have suffered 9 of their 24 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).

Uruguay had a very difficult first World Cup match when they faced Egypt, but in the last minutes of the match they won a goal by José Giménez. Most likely the Uruguayans will discuss the group’s leadership with host Russia. Normally the experienced coach Óscar Tabárez plays in 4-4-2, being Luis Suárez and Cavani the most offensive references of the team. However, it is important to note that one of the great highlights of the team is the midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta: this player is a possessor of enormous technical quality and a pass. We emphasize that the Uruguayan team presents quality in the offensive organization and in the maintenance of possession of the ball. There are no absences of weight for this game.

Saudi Arabia:

The team disputes its second match in Group A, having lost by (5-0) in its first match in this group stage, against Russia. In the last 10 matches Saudi Arabia has 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that marks few times is first and only managed to open the scoring in 3 of its last 15 games, of these 3 came to rest in advantage in all and won at the end of the 90 ‘in all. In 15 games, he never got the comeback in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 11 matches for all competitions: they have scored 4 of their 11 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).

The Saudi Arabia team had a very negative start to the World Cup, when they lost to Russia 5-0. In this way, it is almost mandatory to win this game to guarantee a place in the next phase of the competition. In this game against Uruguay it is expected that coach Juan Antonio Pizzi plays in the usual 4-2-3-1, privileging the defensive organization and counterattacks. In addition, the Saudi team must use the flanks to create danger: Al-Dawsari is a very fast player and exempt in the transport of the ball to the attack. It is inevitable to highlight striker Mohamed Al-Sahlawi, one of the great dangers at the time of finishing. Without great absences, the coach must act in maximum strength.

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