Uruguay vs France
The first quarterfinal match on the 2018 WC brings us meeting between Uruguay and France.
In this match between two excellent teams my first lean was France. Simply, the French squad has much more weapons when attacking part is in question. Plus with most likely absence of Edinson Cavani, this attacking advantage for France is even bigger.
But, if we are talking about defense then I must give advantage to South American team who is very togh side to be broken. They have conceded only one goal so far on this WC on four games overall, it was in R16 victory over Portugal (2:1). Their defense really is rock solid and it's no wonder it's like that if we know their defensive pair Jose Gimenez & Diego Godin plays for years together in Atletico Madrid.
Yes, we can question how tough their group was with likes of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. We can question even Russia cause that game (3:0) was really unique. Cause you won't see too often that in early stage team concedes twice plus to remain with 10 men due to red card. Not to talk those were pretty random goals for Uruguay, one own goal after unlucky reflected shot and one after unnecessary made free kick. So, practically that game was over even before started and we couldn't see the real Uruguay defense given on fact Russia was completely harmless for more than hour with man down. But no matter, we saw Uruguay against Portugal when Portuguese players couldn't create something more serious and they scored only one I would say lucky header from Pepe after corner kick. But that was pretty much all although Portugal in most of the game was a team who had to chase result.
On the other side France defeated Argentina in R16 with 4:3. That probably was the best game of the tournament so far together with Belgian win over Japan. French team in R16 showed what kind of offensive potential they had. But IMO no way today's game would be anything similar. First, even back then on final score pretty much affected early goal from IMO fishy penalty. In any case, young superstar in French team, super fast Mbappe had too many space. In moments when France had positive result that was expected but fact he could do whatever he wanted even while it was tied game or even when Argentina was 2:1 up, that speak enough about Argentina and how bad they were on this WC. Completely unorganized team, with coach who practically wasn't coach.
I don't think France would have so much space today against one extremely good organized squad like Uruguay. And I believe in that old guy, Oscar Tabarez who is their coach for more than a decade. I think he will know to find successful game plan how to stop amazing French attack. At least to stop them in early stage cause that's all what matters for this bet.
The mentioned Cavani probably wont play for Uruguay. He is definitely not ready and IMO he will enter the game only in late stage if the result would be negative for Uruguay. In that moment this bet would be already decided. In any case, even if he starts which I doubt, I don't think this bet would depend on that. Uruguay in any case should be defensively oriented from the start.
France too. I mean, hardly they will rush anything here. It's one the same old story about teams usually enters such games with pretty cautious approach. I am highly confident it will be the same now and only some stupid early penalty (like that one for France against Argentina) could ruin this bet.
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Uruguay vs France prediction
|Early goal: No goal till 36:00||Bet365||1.83||8||0-0 WON (+6.64 units)|