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The national team of Saudi Arabia is one of the absolute outsiders at the 2018 World Cup. The expectations of the Green Hawks is accordingly low and yet the Saudis have embarrassed themselves to the bone in the World Cup opening game. Because against the World Cup host Russia there was right on the first matchday one on the cheeks. For the final whistle it was surprisingly clear 5: 0 for the Russians. Uruguay also fell short of expectations against Egypt but was able to avoid a false start in the literal last minute.
Only in the penultimate minute of the game did José María Giménez save the sky blue with the goal to make it 1-0, which means that in the table at least for the time being, they have to rank second behind Russia. At the point, the Celeste wants to readjust on Matchday 2 of Group A and take over the league lead. Of course, Uruguay needs a clear victory over Saudi Arabia, which is not to be expected in view of the – at least on paper – clear difference in quality. Our tip is therefore a victory of the South American favored by the bookmakers. Since this three-way bet alone does not win a pot.
The two-time World Champion Uruguay, who reached the first round eight years ago and eight years ago four years ago, travels as the second strongest South American force for the 2018 World Cup. In qualifying, the Celeste prevailed behind Brazil in second place and relegated Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Chile to the places (balance: 9-4-5). While the defensive among the top teams was mediocre at best, the offensive department was able to absolutely convince the superstars Edinson Cavani (with ten goals top scorer of the South American Group) and Luis Suárez (five goals).
In 2018, the team of head coach Óscar Tabárez only completed three friendly matches, two of which were played during the China Cup. There, the Himmelblauen were able to win 2-0 against the Czech Republic before the defensive Welshmers were beaten 1-0 in the final. Before leaving for Russia Uzbekistan’s selection was still a guest in Uruguay, which was earned at the end again earned 3: 0.
In the opening game at the 2018 World Cup against Egypt, the Celeste was struggling and it actually looked like a long time after a division of points. And although the top striker Cavani and Suárez each had three high-profile opportunities to record, but ultimately could not refine. Only a standard by Carlos Sánchez, who turned center-back Giménez, provided late redemption and three important points in the battle for the first knockout round.
The selection of Saudi Arabia is no stranger to World Championships. After all, the Green Hawks were able to qualify four times from 1994 to 2006, where three times already in the preliminary round, the sails were canceled and once in the second round final was. After a break of eight years, the Saudi Arabia in the third stage of the Asian group behind Japan could scarce, but directly qualify for the 2018 World Cup (balance sheet: 6-1-3). Both the seventeen-goal offensive and the ten-goal defense have done their job properly, but that does not mean much with opponents like the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand.
In preparation for the 2018 World Cup, the team of the Spanish head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has completed a number of test matches, of which six have won and twice the points have been shared. Eight games were lost, however. The last wins brought the Green Hawks against Algeria (2: 0) and Greece (2: 0), before in the final preparation phase against Italy (1: 2), Peru (0: 3) and Germany (1: 2) three defeats in a row followed.
In particular, the recent results against the European top teams could expect a lot before the World Cup finals. All the more violent was then the more than clear 0-5 defeat in the opening game against Russia, in which almost every opponent shot landed in the gate. Even the Pizzi-Elf did not bring a ball to the opposing goal, despite a much larger ball possession.
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia head to head matches
10.10.14 FI Saudi Arabia Uruguay 1 : 1
27.03.02 FI Saudi Arabia Uruguay 3 : 2