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Prediction: Uruguay v France

Posted on July 05, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: France victory

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmakers: Ladbrokes

On Friday afternoon, the first quarter-final of World Cup 2018 takes place, as Uruguay face France in Nizhniy Novgorod. Both teams have been in good form in Russia, so this could be a tight encounter.

Uruguay

Uruguay are on a run of seven straight wins, including winning all four games at the World Cup so far. La Celeste recorded victories in all their group games before beating Portugal 2-1 in the last-16.

Oscar Tabarez’s side has been difficult to score against, as the South American team has now conceded just once in their last seven international outings. However, the one goal conceded was in their previous match against Portugal.

Uruguay are two-time winners of the World Cup. However, those triumphs were in 1930 and 1950. La Celeste’s best performance in recent years came in 2010 when they finished fourth in South Africa.

Team News

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is unlikely to start in this clash after picking up an injury last time out against Portugal. His strike-partner Luis Suarez is also a slight doubt but is expected to recover in time to feature for La Celeste.

If as expected Cavani misses out, then Tabarez may decide to field an extra midfielder.

France

France heads into this clash on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run, in which they have recorded six victories. Les Bleus have won three of their four games at Russia 2018, last time out beating Argentina 4-2, as youngster Kylian Mbappe grabbed a double in a starring role.

Didier Deschamps team have been relatively prolific in recent games, scoring at least twice in nine of their last 12 games. Mbappe has looked the most dangerous attacking player for the French and will be looking to add to his tally of three goals so far at Russia 2018.

Team News

France are without midfielder Blaise Matuidi through suspension. Moussa Dembele, Corentin Tolisso and Nabil Fekir are competing to come into the starting line-up in place of Matuidi. Benjamin Pavard looks set to continue at right-back, with Djibril Sidibe still struggling for fitness.

Conclusion

Uruguay are a solid and well-drilled team. However, the likely absence of Cavani is a significant blow, and it could cost them dearly. France have shown flashes of their class in recent games, and I believe they will have enough quality to record a victory in a relatively tight encounter.

Verdict: France victory

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmakers: Ladbrokes

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