France lock horns with Uruguay in the first quarter final tie of the 2018 FIFA World Cup – a match that would see one of the world’s best attack come against the joint best defense in the tournament.
France outmuscled a determined Argentina in a 7-goal thriller to make it to the quarterfinals while Uruguay made easy work of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to book their place in the last 8.
Didier Deschamp’s men are hot favorites to lift the trophy this summer with Uruguay proving to be among the dark horses with a 100 percent win record thus far.
We have prepared below a preview of the match, where we have focused on betting markets you might be interested in. Read on for a more informed analysis of the game as you place your bet. Odds used in the article are the latest from bookie Betfair.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIPS
France may be the favourites to win today’s match, but a win is not guaranteed if they are not going to be in their best shape. Uruguay have conceded just one goal so far in the tournament, and have been quite clinical with the little chances they create.
We fancy Les Bleus to progress to the semifinals as they have proved themselves against strong teams, such as Argentina in the Round of 16. They have been quoted at 21/20 to win the game inside 90 minutes and 1/2 to qualify. A draw is down at 21/10 while Uruguay is set at 17/5 to win the game in normal time and 13/8 to qualify.
Antoine Griezmann hasn’t been as sharp as we expected this Summer, but his movements in the final third remain as worrisome as ever. He is quoted at 9/2 to be the first on the scoresheet and 2/1 to score anytime. Luis Suarez, who has four goals in four games so far, is a 5/1 bet to open the deadlock and 5/2 to score anytime ahead of Maxi Gomez and Olivier Giroud, who are both priced at 11/2 to score the first goal of the match and 13/5 to find the back of the net anytime. Quarter final hero Kylian Mbappe is surprisingly further down the probability list with lucrative odds of 5/2 to score anytime and 11/2 to open the scoring.
OVER/UNDER 2.5 MATCH GOALS
With either side flaunting serious attacking talent in the likes of Mbappe, Griezmann, Suarez and Cavani, we don’t expect this game to be short of goals. Uruguay’s last game, against Portugal, produced 3 goals while France’s ended with a total of 7.
The prospect of an over-2.5-goal scoreline has been quoted at a lucrative 7/4 while under 2.5 goals is a 9/20 bet.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
In their last six games, Uruguay have managed to keep a whopping five clean sheets while France have managed only two over the same number of fixtures. Both teams have scored in each of their last eight games, a run we reckon will stand for the next couple of games.
Betfair have quoted the possibility of both teams finding the back of the net at 5/4 and priced the contrary at 4/6.