Uruguay vs France betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions
Uruguay vs France prediction: Uruguay 1-2 France a.e.t.
Although Uruguay head into the match with the joint-best defensive record at the tournament, they’ll find it difficult to stop the attacking threat of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.
Don’t rule out extra-time in this one. If Oscar Tabarez can get his tactics right, Uruguay will be causing France some problems of their own.
Uruguay vs France: Who will win?
Favourites France are evens to win the match in 90 minutes and 4/9 to progress to the last four.
Uruguay, meanwhile, provide the value at 18/5 to win in normal time and 7/4 to qualify.
Kylian Mbappe is 5/1 to score the opening goal of the game, while Uruguay duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are 11/5 and 12/5 respectively to score anytime during the 90.
Uruguay vs France match preview
The quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup get underway on Friday as France take on Uruguay at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
France progressed to the last eight after beating Argentina 4-3 in one of the games of the tournament.
Argentina twice came from behind to level the score before Kylian Mbappe netted a quick-fire double to down Lionel Messi’s side. Sergio Aguero scored late on but it was merely a consolation goal.
Uruguay, meanwhile, knocked out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal side thanks to a brace from Mbappe’s club teammate Edinson Cavani.
Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are their respective nation’s leading scorers at the tournament with three goals. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann have two each.
History on Uruguay’s side
Uruguay were 1-0 winners when the sides last met in an international friendly in 2013. Four of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended in 0-0 draws.
France have never beaten Uruguay at a World Cup finals in three previous attempts. The last time these to sides met at a World Cup, back in 2010, Uruguay went on to reach the semi-finals.
The winners of the match will meet one of Brazil and Belgium in the semi-finals in Saint Petersburg on 10 July.
Uruguay team news vs France
Uruguay will be sweating on the fitness of their two best players.
Hero of the last round Edinson Cavani is a major doubt, while strike partner Luis Suarez is also a fitness concern.
The Barcelona forward is expected to recover in time although Cavani will likely only feature from the bench, if at all.
Cavani’s absense could see youngster Maxi Gomez start or Tabarez may opt to field an extra body in midfield.
Arsenal target Lucas Torreira will start again in the base of midfield following a string of good displays.
Rodrigo Bentancur is one yellow card away from a ban.
France team news vs Uruguay
Blaise Matuidi will miss out through suspension, meaning Ousmane Dembele could come back into the side.
Having played the full 90 minutes in three of France’s matches, Olivier Giroud is expected to lead the line once again. The Chelsea striker’s aerial prowess will likely come in handy against Uruguay’s solid defence.
Benjamin Pavard is expected to start again at right-back. Thought to be second choice behind Djibril Sidibe pre-tournament, Pavard’s amazing goal in the previous round would have cemented his place in Deschamps’ eleven.
Giroud, Corentin Tolisso, Paul Pogba and Pavard are all one booking away from a suspension in the quarter-finals, should France make it that far.
Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin will face Atletico Madrid teammates Antoine Griezmann, while Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele could face their Barca teammate Luis Suarez.