Uruguay has done a tremendous job in this World Cup tournament, especially on the defensive end. But as they prepare to face France in the quarter-finals, they are going to have a special need for additional offense. That is why the potential absence of Edinson Cavani is so critical. The match, taking place at Nizhny Novgorod, will get underway at 10 AM ET. Remember that if you are a customer at VietBet, you’ll get to place wagers even after the game begins, as you access the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
Cavani, who campaigns for the prestigious Paris Saint-Germain, scored both of his country’s goals in the 2-1 victory over Portugal that took place in the Round of 16. But he has been dealing with a calf injury, and all reports are that he is very doubtful to be able to go on Friday. This is going to put a lot more pressure on striker Luis Suarez, and it should be noted that offensive options are not necessarily all that plentiful for Uruguay. What are the factors that got them to this place? Well, a defense that has given up just one goal thus far, for the most part. And that defense is anchored by the estimable Diego Godin, who is starting to cement a reputation as one of the best in the world at his position.
Godin and France’s most explosive offensive player, Antoine Griezmann, are the best of friends, as well as teammates with Atletico Madrid, and Godin is the godfather to Griezmann’s daughter. Yet one will be trying hard to stop the other on Friday. There will also be a spotlight on Raphael Varane, the French defender who is a staple for Real Madrid and who can have a major impact on this game as he tries to keep Suarez in check.
In the odds at VietBet for this World Cup 2018 match, France is the favorite:
France advances -215
Uruguay advances +185
Over 2 Goals +100
Under 2 Goals -115
The man of the moment for France might just be 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who seems destined to become one of the world’s elite players. Mbappe, who is also one of Cavani’s teammates at Paris Saint-Germain, scored twice in an explosive 4-3 win over Argentina in the knockout round, as Les Bleus eliminated the side that was the runner-up in the 2014 finals tournament.
Mbappe’s value is such that Real Madrid has been rumored to be in demand of his service, for a price that would be one of the highest ever. That is being denied by Real Madrid, but the fact is, this is someone very precocious – in fact, he is the first teenager to score more than one goal in a knockout stage game since the legendary Pele did it in 1958.
Of course, the offensive options go on and on for Didier Deschamps’ team beyond that. Uruguay should be hard-pressed to find an answer for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, who is the creative force. And when you look at the likes of Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante, the French don’t lack for people who can put the ball in the net.
What critics question, however, is whether they can provide adequate cover for Hugo Lloris in goal. Allowing three goals to Argentina was somewhat alarming, but one must keep in mind that Les Bleus permitted just one goal prior to that.
We’re not suggesting that Uruguay is going to fins itself back on its heels the entire game, but there is an element of doubt about the attack if Cavani isn’t in the fold, and that sends us in the direction of France to move on to the semi-finals.
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