France vs Uruguay World Cup 2018
The first of the quarter-finals is a blockbuster that will see Group C winners France take on Group A winners Uruguay. Both sides have been building nicely until this point, although only one team can progress.
France reached the knockout stage in a slow and steady fashion, scoring just three goals and doing the absolute minimum necessary to progress. An early goal against Argentina in the Round of 16 had many predicting a typically low-key French victory, although Argentina’s two goals either side of the half-time break seemed to shock the French into action.
Led by Kylian Mbappe, France finally showed what a team of their calibre can do, and the PSG forward’s double on top of a wonder strike by Benjamin Pavard was enough for them to totally change the complexion of the match, and the French were 4-3 winners over Lionel Messi’s men.
Uruguay started just as slowly, only just managing to defeat Egypt and Saudi Arabia by the barest of margins, before knocking a ten-man Russia off their pedestal with a 3-0 win. Many predicted a Portugal win in their Round of 16 clash, but Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani combined superbly to give the South Americans a huge win.
The big news is that Cavani may be injured and out of this game, and that would ruin what could be one of the games of the tournament. If he is out, Uruguay will almost certainly go on the defensive. The key will be an early France goal, and if we get one we could see another high-scoring affair.
Uruguay have the better head-to-head record with two wins to one, although there have been four scoreless draws between the sides, including two at the World Cup.
There has only been one instance in seven matches where more than two goals were scored in a France vs Uruguay match, and that was in the 1966 World Cup.
On paper, France boast the better lineup, but Uruguay’s Diego Godin has been arguably the player of the tournament. Uruguay have only conceded one goal, and have won all four matches – he is one of the big reasons for this.
France start at -113, which is crazy short considering how good Uruguay have been so far in this tournament. The South Americans are outsiders and paying +329, while the draw is on offer for +237.
This will be much tighter than the sports books are predicting, but we are going to stick with them and put our money on a French win. Given the number of proven goal scorers in each camp, we’re picking both to score – 2-1 to France.
France vs Uruguaywill kickoff at 2pm ET on Friday, July 6 and will be played atNizhny Novgorod Stadium inNizhny Novgorod.
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France vs Uruguay will kickoff at 2pm ET on Friday, July 6 and will be played at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod.
France Likely Starting XI
- Hugo Lloris
- Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez
- Paul Pogba, N’golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe
- Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele
- Olivier Giroud
Blaise Matuidi will miss out on this match through suspension, but that only makes it easier for Didier Deschamps, as Ousmane Dembele will fit straight in to the left-wing spot.
Kylian Mbappe showed unbelievable poise and skill in the Argentina match, and somehow managed to outshine Antoine Griezmann. His move to a deeper role is paying dividends for the French, no better summed up than by his run that led to France’s penalty.
Uruguay Likely Starting XI
- Fernando Muslera
- Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt
- Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino
- Rodrigo Bentancur, Christian Rodriguez
- Luis Suarez
Diego Godin will once again lead the way at the back, and will be protected by Lucas Torreira who plays as the chief holding midfielder.
Luis Suarez is class up front, although Edinson Cavani’s injury may blunt their overall attacking threat. We’re tipping Christian Rodriguez to come in and play behind Suarez.
Other Betting Opportunities
Remember that the head to head market is relevant for the result at the end of 90 minutes, and in the event of the match going to extra time or penalties the ‘draw’ option would be the winner.
If you think there is the possibility of extra time, the ‘will there be an overtime’ market from Sports Interaction is paying +191. This is roughly the same value that was on offer for France vs Argentina and Uruguay vs Portugal.
If you would rather take the option of picking which team will progress, Betway offer a ‘to qualify’ line, and are paying200 for a France win regardless of whether penalties are required to separate the teams. Uruguay are paying +160, which is great value if you think Uruguay can go the distance.
Of course, there are plenty of other markets that could provide a decent outlay, and may be a safer bet than the head to head opportunities.
Both teams have excellent players up front, and therefore the ‘both teams to score’ line comes into play. We’re all for it, and recommend placing a wager on ‘yes’ at +126.
Antoine Griezmann is a great chance to score in this match. and the Atletico Madrid star is paying +194 in the ‘anytime goalscorer’ market. Considering the number of penalties that have been awarded at this tournament, it will be a smart bet to pick a penalty taker.
Picking the correct score is tough, although there’s plenty of reward for your risk. At +1500, our 2-1 prediction is not one of the favourites, and will therefore offer plenty in return.
FIFA World Cup Knockout Stage Odds
***Round of 16
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
Match 50: France vs Argentina Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 49: Uruguay vs Portugal Odds (2 p.m. ET)
SUNDAY, JULY 1
Match 51: Spain vs Russia Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 52: Croatia vs Denmark Odds (2 p.m. ET)
MONDAY, JULY 2
Match 53: Brazil vs Mexico Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 54: Belgium vs Japan Odds (2 p.m. ET)
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Match 55: Sweden vs Switzerland Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 56: Colombia vs England Odds (2 p.m. ET)
FRIDAY, JULY 6
Match 57: France vs Uruguay Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 58: Brazil vs Belgium Odds (2 p.m. ET)
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Match 60: Sweden vs England Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 59: Russia vs Croatia Odds (2 p.m. ET)
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Match 61: Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner (2 p.m. ET)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner (2 p.m. ET)
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Match 63: Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser (10 a.m. ET)
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Match 64: Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner (11 a.m. ET)
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