Preview - Uruguay vs France 06 July 18

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World Cup Quarter Finals
Uruguay vs France
Friday, July 6th, 2018
23:00pm, (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match last ten: 1.80
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.50
Top Scorer: Luis Suárez (53)

Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match last ten: 2.00
Average goals against per match last ten: 1.20
Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (31)

The action at the World Cup continues to heat up still further this coming Friday as we move into the Quarter Final round. First up its Uruguay vs France in what has all the makings of a classic.

These sides have met six times in the past and incredibly no fewer than four of those games ended in a goalless draw. Uruguay won the other two games by a one goal margin. Historically this has been very tight.

France may never have beaten Uruguay, but then they had never beaten fellow South American side Argentina prior to their Round of 16 win over Lionel Messi's men.

Uruguay's dual pronged attack of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were nothing short of magnificent against Portugal. The fact that Cavani will reportedly miss out here is therefore a bitter blow for Oscar Tabarez's men.

The suspended Blaise Matuidi looks set to be the only player to miss out for France.

Uruguay undoubtedly have the better defence of these two sides, with the French back four still looking well capable of making a costly error.

Elsewhere on the pitch though the edge is with Didier Deschamps men, particularly in the absence of Cavani.

We would have liked the chances of a full-strength Uruguay here, and they will still likely make it very tough for France. With their two-goal hero from the last round on the side-lines though they pendulum looks to be swinging towards Les Bleus.

Prediction: Uruguay 0 - 1 France


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 8 - 12
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 38% - 62%

Two bookings apiece in this on with referee Nestor Pitana issuing the yellow card to Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristian Ridriguez of Uruguay and Lucas Hernandez and Kylian Mbappe of France.

The biggest blow to Uruguay's chances in this one probably came in the build up to the game as it was confirmed that Edinson Cavani would not make the line-up due to the injury he sustained against Portugal in the previous round.

Uruguay played as expected, looking to defend resolutely and take what came their way in terms of chances. Without Cavani though they were struggling to muster much at all on attacking front. All looked to still be going to plan though as we headed towards half-time locked at 0-0.

Uruguay weren't to make into the break with their clean sheet intact though. In the 40th minute Antoine Griezmann's excellent whipped freekick into the area was met with a flicked header from Raphael Varane, sending the ball into the bottom corner.

Oscar Taberez's men very nearly struck back straight away though. Martin Caceres's header drawing an excellent save from Hugo Lloris on the stroke of half-time.

Uruguay continued to huff and puff after the interval, but to no real avail. Then in the 61st minute, their chance was all but ended. Griezmann trying his luck from range but seeing his effort head straight at the keeper. Then followed a moment to forget for Fernando Muslera. Instead of saving comfortably as he seemed certain to do, he Aflapped the ball over his own shoulder and into the back of the net.

No way back from that for Luis Suarez and co.

So it is France who march on to the semi finals where they will meet near neighbours Belgium in what should be another World Cup firecracker of an encounter.

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