Both these teams are already through to the knockout stages, so this is all about who wins the group. Uruguay started the tournament as clear favourites to do that and while they’ve not hit the heights many might have expected they’ve done enough and they have the far superior players in this match-up. Gimenez and Godin are one of the strongest centre-back pairings in the world while Suarez and Cavani have almost 100 international goals between them. Russia look to be totally overrated simply based on beating a couple of poor sides and going back to Euro 2016 they’ve failed to win any of their 11 matches against teams we ranked in the top 20, with five draws and six defeats. Furthermore, since 1990 South American sides ranked above European opponents have won 18 of 33 World Cup clashes (W18-D7-L8).
If they are to win then the most likely method for Uruguay is the win to nil. With their excellence at the back it’s no surprise they’ve kept four consecutive clean sheets, but they’ve adopted a relatively cautious approach and six of their last 18 wins have come via 1-0 scores, including their first two matches here.
Luis Suarez got his name on the scoresheet against Saudi Arabia and he’s now netted 10 times in his last 14 tournament starts (World Cup, Copa America and Confederations Cup). That compares favourably to Cavani’s tournament record, that has seen him score just twice in 22 World Cup or Copa America appearances, so take a chance on the Barcelona striker adding to his tally.