Uruguay vs. Portugal Picks and Odds for Betting World Cup Round of 16
If you asked the best betting websites, they’d say it’s Uruguay or the highway for Portugal. The two national football teams will clash in the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup. Uruguay won group A with a perfect 3-0-0 record as well as three clean sheets. Which means their fans were probably three sheets to the wind after the team qualified for the next round. The South Americans actually elevated their gameplay in the final group game. When they were already through. After barely holding off Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Uruguay brought Russia’s shortcomings to the surface. Los Charruas defeated the hosts 3-0.
Portugal, on the other hand, found themselves grasping at straws against Iran. We’ve said time and again that Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal. Like the indie band Portugal.The Man. Portugal would be Portugal and Ronaldo would be The Man. Except when he isn’t. When CR7 is having an off day, as versus Iran, the squad is like the crew of a ghost ship. Nonetheless, they were able to manage a draw that saw them through to the knockout stage, as Group B’s second place.
I’m not superstitious. It’s bad luck. But even the best betting websites must’ve seen their share of gamblers who believe in charms and hexes. If you’re one such bettor, then you might want to stay away from Uruguay. Whey? I mean, why? There is a seeming “curse” on teams that reach the second round with no losses and no goals allowed. At least according to ole.com.ar. Brazil in Mexico ’86. Italy in Italy ’90. Argentina in France ’98. They all were undefeated and un-scored against in the first round. They were all eliminated in the quarterfinals. Actually, the “curse” only seems to kick in in the quarterfinals. And while that would be bad news for Uruguay later on, it’d be bad news for Portugal now.
But speaking of more factual matters. Uruguay’s goal has remained inviolate thus far in the World Cup. The South Americans’ defense is led by Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin. As Atletico Madrid’s players, they are very well acquainted with Ronaldo. Who would like nothing more than to pierce the seemingly impregnable Uruguayan defense. All things considered, it’ll be like when Moe hired Smithers to distract Barney until the midnight beer delivery was safely transacted.
The Portuguese are well aware that Uruguay’s lock, unlike Paul Ryan’s nose, is not easy to pick. “We know that in 2018 they haven’t lost any of their six games and didn’t concede any goals,” Portugal right back Cedric Soares said. “That is something to pay attention [to]. It’s a team that has quality.” Moreover, the Uruguayan defense is a two-edged sword. Gimenez scored the game-winning goal against Egypt. Godin helped disrupt goalie Mohammed Alowais to allow Luis Suarez to score the winning goal against Saudi Arabia. Godin was involved as well in Edinson Cavani’s goal against Russia. Portugal’s defense would already have their hands full with just Suarez and Cavani. And offensively, the Europeans rely almost solely on Ronaldo. CR7 has scored 80% of Portugal’s goals this World Cup. And when his aim is unsure, he even misses penalty kicks.
Uruguay vs. Portugal Sportsbook Odds and betting information:
- Date: 30 June
- Time: 21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
- Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
- Best online sportsbook odds:
- Uruguay PK (-113) 2 (-126) +186
- Portugal PK (-102) 2 (+111) +201
- Draw +190
Odds taken from Intertops Sportsbook, one of the best betting websites.
Prediction: Again, we’re skeptics. We believe in cold, hard, scientific facts. But what the heck? Let’s go out on a limb here and say that Uruguay’s curse will be, for now, a blessing in disguise.