It would be fair to say that World Cup 2018 has reached its business end, with places in the semi-finals up for grabs. Then, you can start to dream the unthinkable. For either Uruguay or France, the ultimate footballing glory is getting closer and closer. So who will prevail here? Let’s take a look in our Uruguay vs France betting tips.
There can’t have been many pundits who would have predicted that France’s last 16 encounter with Argentina would be one of the most entertaining of the competition to date.
But it had everything: wonder goals, defensive mistakes and sublime attacking play, and in the end it was Les Bleus who just about got over the line.
We can ask questions about them defensively, even if some of their attacking play was from another planet, and Uruguay will be looking to take full advantage.
The South Americans did what they do best in their 2-1 win over Portugal in the Round of 16: took the lead when Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani combined, and then ultimately squeezed the life out of their opponents.
Okay, so Portugal did get on the scoresheet – the first goal the Uruguayans have conceded in Russia, but there only looked likely to be one winner. And sure enough, Cavani sealed the deal with a sublime 62nd minute strike.
Therein lies the elephant in the room. The PSG frontman tweaked his hamstring against the Portuguese, hasn’t trained all week and is unlikely to play a major role – if any – in Friday’s quarter-final.
How big a blow is that to their chances? Let’s take a look in our Uruguay vs France betting tips.
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Uruguay vs France Betting Tips
Throughout the group phase, France didn’t really look like a team ready to break out. They had hinted at moments of creative genius without really carrying them off; a neat metaphor for the career of Paul Pogba so far.
But they clicked against Argentina, and their pace and guile in attack was at times dizzying. Every major international tournament has a player who announces themselves to the world, and while Kylian Mbappe’s promise is no secret he looks finally ready to deliver upon it.
His brace was the catalyst for France’s triumph over Messi and co, and his presence on either flank could change the way that Uruguay go about their business on Friday.
They play with wing backs, but you do wonder if they will spend the majority of their time in defensive positions to shut down the threat of Mbappe and Griezmann drifting in from the right.
With France’s full backs, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, bombing forward, there is the threat of an overload in the wide areas.
Without Cavani, you can foresee Suarez cutting a lonely figure in attack for the South Americans, and without his key supply line the Barcelona man may find goalscoring chances at a premium.
Can Uruguay keep their customary clean sheet? It will be tough for them to defend for 90 minutes against this varied French attack, and so we have to favour Les Bleus to prosper in a post-Cavani world.
They may take their time to break down a well-drilled Uruguay backline, but expect France to win this game by hook or by crook. They are available at 19/20 with William Hill.
Uruguay vs France Betting Tips: Side Markets
Forget the seven-goal thriller against the Argentines, this match will surely play out more like France’s group affairs, where they produced 2-1, 1-0 and 0-0 scorelines.
Without the Cavani-Suarez frontline, Uruguay will try and nick this match 1-0, with the emphasis on keeping a clean sheet.
And so the Both Teams to Score (No), at 5/8 with NetBet, is more than tempting.