Uruguay meets France in the first Quarter-Final clash of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia set for this Friday, July 6th, 2018, and the bettors can expect a pure spectacle at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium as two well-organized sides are facing each other with so much at the stake. France is a +100 favorite to win the match at the end of 90 minutes, but Uruguay is a combat team who’ll give its’ best to beat the Blues.
Uruguay vs. France
3-Way: 1: Uruguay +350; X: +225 Draw; 2: France +100 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread +0.5: Uruguay -110; France +100
Total +2: Over +100; Under -115
Recent Form and Team News
Uruguay topped the Group A table with three victories over Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russia, keeping the net intact on all three occasions, while a 2-1 win against Portugal in the Round of 16 proved their quality. La Celeste put on a strong performance against the European champions, while the 31-year old forward Edinson Cavani hit a wonderful brace. Uruguay’s defensive work looks very well, and it will be the main weapon against the Blues along with a lethal forward duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
France certainly didn’t impressed with group stage displays, despite recording two wins against Australia and Peru along with a nil-nil draw with Denmark, while the Blues scored more goals in one game of the Round of 16 than in all three matches of the group phase. They’ve beaten Argentina 4-3 in the previous round, although trailing 2-1 early in the second half where the Blues showed some remarkable performance to overcome Lionel Messi and co. The 19-year old pacey forward Kylian Mbappe particularly impressed, scoring two goals and earning a penalty kick.
Players to Watch
Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are both capable of scoring against any team in the world, as they are amazing individuals who also work hard for their team. These two guys play alongside each other in the national team for more than ten years, so their cooperation is on the highest level.
On the other side, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann will be the main threat for a sturdy Uruguay’s defensive line, while the midfielder Paul Pogba will have to step up in this match and make the difference in the middle of the park.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- Uruguay won seven games in a row
- Uruguay conceded just one goal in those seven tilts
- Uruguay is at +175 to reach the Semi-Final
- Uruguay is at +600 to play in the Final
- France is unbeaten in eight straight games
- France conceded in three out of the last five encounters
- France is at -225 to reach the Semi-Final
- France is at +200 to play in the Final
France certainly possesses more quality individuals among the squad than Uruguay, but La Celeste’s teamwork is astonishing, so the Blues could have a lot of problems to break the deadlock. The bookmakers expect to see a tight clash, setting -210 odds on the under 2.5 goals at the end of the regular time, but wagering on the totals here could be a tricky job with all the attacking potential on both sides.
However, I expect to see a cautious approach on both sides of the pitch, as the World Cup Semi-Final is at the stake, so we could easily see a draw at the halftime with -110 wages on BetDSI Sportsbook. The price on both teams to score at +120 also looks attractive, but I will go with a stalemate, as I believe that Uruguay can resist this mighty France team.
The Pick: Draw (+225)