Uruguay vs Russia Odds

Uruguay vs Russia World Cup 2018

It's been a quite incredible start to the World Cup for host nation Russia. Unfancied by many prior to the beginning of this tournament, the home side has scored eight goals without conceding from open play and have sent the crowds into raptures. It's going to be tough to repeat against Uruguay though, who are favourites in this matchup and also favourites to top the group.

Both teams enter the match on six points, and are assured qualification to the next round. Their opponents in the next round are likely to be Spain or Portugal (although Iran can still qualify if they beat Cristiano Ronaldo's men).

We may see stars rested from each side as they prepare for the second round. While it is ideal to win the group, and some may argue that Portugal will be an easier prospect than Spain, we won't know the final group standings until the Group B matches are complete, and they kick off four hours later.

What we have seen so far in this tournament is that South American teams have struggled. Uruguay are the exception to the rule, having won both of their matches, while Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Argentina have all had their issues. Still, two 1-0 wins against inferior teams doesn't give us much confidence in Uruguay ahead of a home side that is playing out of their skins.

For this reason, we are modifying our original pick of Uruguay and going with Russia to make it three from three in this match. It should be tight given Uruguay's excellent defensive performance so far, although we said that about Russia's game against Egypt and look what happened...

Uruguay start at +149, while the hosts are slight outsiders at +199 and the draw is paying +209. We accept that there is a real prospect of a draw as the sides conserve energy for the second round, but given the lack of draws so far in this tournament we're going for the Russians to win 1-0

Uruguay vs Russia Betting Tips

  • 1

    Which Teams Will Score? - Russia only @ +342

  • 2

    Correct Score - Russia 1-0 @ +594

  • 3

    Over/Under - Under +2.5 @ -192

  • 4

    Matchbet and Totals - Russia and Under 2.5 goals @ +392

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All three options are paying over 2:1 odds for this match, which means you're guaranteed a decent payout regardless of the result you choose. The problem is that it's much harder to pick a winner when the odds are this tight. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives.

For instance, you could always eliminate the pesky draw from your thoughts and place a wager on the draw no bet line. In the event of a draw, your wager would simply be refunded, allowing you to make a more aggressive choice. In this market, Uruguay are offering -126, while Russia are paying +108. Both teams still appear at great value here, and it's a worthy option if you prefer a two-result type of wager.

Similarly, you can pick who will win the first half in the 1st half - draw no bet line without worrying about a scoreless or level half-time score. While the most likely result is a draw, Russia have been quick starters throughout the tournament and could be a good pick to lead at the interval. At -103, this is another great value option.

Given that Russia tend to score early, there's a great opportunity in the half-time/full-time market. The double of Russia - Russia is offering a huge +477. They also qualify for the first team to score line, and you can get -116 for the hosts to score before their opponents in this match.