Kick-off: 1500, 06/07/2018
Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Past history suggests France’s World Cup quarter-final with Uruguay will be a tight tussle, but we’re hoping they will buck the trend at Russia 2018.
Four of their last five meetings have ended 0-0, including encounters at the 2002 and 2010 finals.
However, this summer’s tournament has been all about free-flowing football and we feel an open contest would suit Les Bleus more.
The European side gets the nod to prevail in normal time at 19/20 for our first Uruguay vs France prediction.
A Look At Uruguay’s Betting Odds
Uruguay kept three clean sheets during the group stage and again defended resolutely when beating Portugal 2-1 in the first knockout round.
La Celeste had to withstand fierce late pressure as the European champions chased an equaliser, after Edinson Cavani had bagged a brace either side of Pepe’s header.
“The distinctive feature was the dedication that all the players showed and displayed on the pitch,” said head coach Oscar Tabarez. “That is part of the way we see football.
“It was difficult because the opposition had more ball possession and were very often in our half of the pitch.
“But we have a very strong team in terms of the mindset and we will always bank on the collective against any rival.”
However, whereas Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez were well equipped to deal with the aerial threat of Cristiano Ronaldo, the guile and pace of France’s forward line will pose different problems.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
France’s natural flair was stifled during a workmanlike pool win but teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe led a breakout performance in the 4-3 defeat of Argentina.
The PSG starlet earned the penalty which allowed Antoine Griezmann to open the scoring and later bagged a brace himself.
Benjamin Pavard got in on the act with a superb strike, while Paul Pogba was at his marauding best in midfield.
Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps said: “I am very happy for Mbappe and he has a lot of room to make progress. In such an important match, he has shown his talent.
“There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further.”
Argentina’s efforts through Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Aguero highlighted some defensive frailties, but hopefully that will just encourage Deschamps to go on the offensive again.
We’re adding 17/4 for Les Bleus to win and both teams to score to our Uruguay vs France betting tips.
URUGUAY 2-1 Portugal – Cavani (2)
FRANCE 4-3 Argentina – Griezmann (pen), Pavard, Mbappe (2)
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