URUGUAY vs PORTUGAL: Only two teams from the group stages walk into the Round of 16 unbeaten. Croatia won Group D comfortably and Uruguay won Group A without conceding a goal. Uruguay vs Portugal will be the second fixture of the pre-quarters and both teams look extremely balanced. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t put a foot wrong so far and Luis Suarez has looked at his lethal best. Both players will look to seal a berth into the next round but before that an exciting 90 minutes or possibly more await us. Fantasy Football tips, preview and stats are drafted here. Which side are you rooting for?
JOURNEY TO THE ROUND OF 16
– Beat Egypt 1-0.
– They beat Saudi Arabia with the same scoreline. 1-0
– The Russians were outplayed as Suarez and Edinson Cavani both got on the scoresheet. 3-0 Uruguay
– Ronaldo’s hattrick helped them draw against the Spaniards. The scoreline, 3-3.
– Beat Morocco 1-0. Ronaldo again the marauder.
– Had to register a single point and in an absolute nail-biter, parity helped them advance through. 1-1 against Iran.
WHEN: JUNE 30th, 11:30PM IST
WHERE: FISHT OLYMPIC STADIUM, SOCHI
Jose Gimenez didn’t feature in the 3-0 victory against the home side, Russia, but is all set to take the field for this fixture.
Bernardo Silva came in as a substitute in the previous game and is likely to not feature in the playing 11.
EXPECTED PLAYING 11
Goalkeeper: Fernando Muslera
Defenders: Martin Caceres, Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez, Diego Laxalt
Midfielders: Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentacur, Lucas Torriera, Nahitan Nandez
Strikers: Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez
Goalkeeper: Rui Patricio
Defenders: Pepe, Jose Fonte, Cedric Soares, Raphael Guerreiro
Midfielders: Jaoa Moutinho, Jaoa Mario, William Carvalho, Ricardo Quaresma
Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
LUIS SUAREZ (URUGUAY)
He’s one of the most lethal strikers in World football and he’ll be one man Portugal will be watching out for. Suarez is always present in the right area at the right time. He’s scored 2 goals so far in this World Cup and in this crucial knockout game, the onus will be on him yet again. Uruguay have the likes of Gimenez and Godin at the back and playmakers like Bentacur in the middle. Can this be their day today?
On FanFight Suarez costs a high 10, but he’s an absolute must in a fantasy team. Does he make the cut in your team?
CRISTIANO RONALDO (PORTUGAL)
He’s the best in the world at the moment and he’s been absolutely inspirational for Portugal. If Iran had beaten the Portuguese, they would have made it to the knockouts and would have faced Uruguay but Ronaldo’s level of leadership in World tournaments goes up a notch higher. He carries his team forward with him and all that talk that he’s a selfish player, well let’s put that to the drain. He’s a champion and he’ll be the player to watch out for.
It’ll be tough to choose one between Ronaldo and Suarez. Both cost 10 credits and are the biggest game changers. Who would you choose? I’ve already picked my best 6-man team. Here it is.
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The last time these two teams met was way back in 1972. Also, this will be the first time they’ll face each other in a World Cup. Portugal haven’t lost against La Celeste the two times they’ve met. They’ve drawn 1 and won 1.
Uruguay last won four games in a row in the football World Cup in 1930. They won the tournament that year. Signs?
Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score in the knockout stage of the tournament. He’s gone goalless for 424 minutes. Can he change that today?
Uruguay will be the second South American team to not concede in the first 4 games. Only Brazil were able to do it in 1986. Stern rearguard.
Ronaldo has played 37 games for his country, both World Cup and Euros combined. He’s only one short of German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Uruguay are yet to concede a goal this tournament and have held a firm defence. That being said, they’ll be up against the Ronaldo juggernaut. Portugal have been that free-scoring side while Uruguay in their game against Russia displayed their mettle moving forward. My prediction for today, Uruguay to take this game 1-0.
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Also, check out our previous match previews.
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