URUGUAY vs FRANCE
KICK OFF: Friday 6th July 2018 | 15: 00 CET
QUARTERFINALS | NIZHNY NOVGOROD STADIUM
Uruguay’s dark arts vs flawless France – who will reign?
Uruguay and France battled fiercely in their round of 16 encounters to set up a date with each other in Nizhny Novgorod. Uruguay must do without Edinson Cavani, who got injured in their win against Portugal. That’s a significant blow to Uruguay’s frontline given that Suarez-Cavani partnership has seen them tear apart defences with counter-attacking and sublime finishing.
Les Bleus might again count on Kylian Mbappe’s speed to unlock a mean, rigid Uruguayan defence, led by Atletico Madrid’s duo Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez. Club partner Antoine Griezmann is playing opposition this time, and it would be interesting to see how they come up against each other under different philosophies.
This looks to be a contest between defence and attack, and we’ve seen defensive strategies prevailing in this World Cup edition. Therefore, backing under 2.5 goals in regular time could pay dividends.
Key match facts
- Uruguay’s last three goals have been scored by Edinson Cavani, who may not feature in this one.
- Last five meetings between the two teams have seen under 1.5 goals.