France vs. Uruguay Prediction
France and Uruguay have been two of the more consistent teams during the 2018 World Cup. In the first quarterfinals match of the tournament, will France continue its journey and post a win as the favorite today?
97869 France vs. 97870 Uruguay
Friday, July 6, 2018
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium at 10AM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, France is a +100 favorite to win on the moneyline. Uruguay is a +350 underdog, while a draw bet is set at +210. The total sits at 2 goals.
France wins high-scoring affair against Argentina
A highly entertaining round of 16 match was won by France via a 4-3 triumph over Argentina in the round of 16. The initial goal of the first half came in the 13th minute as France's Antoine Griezmann cashed in on a penalty kick. Argentina grabbed a 2-1 advantage with goals in the 41st and 48th minute, but the French evened it at 2-2 via a Benjamin Pavard tally in the 57th minute. Kylian Mbappe then proved to be the hero as his goals in the 64th and 68 minute were the deciding factors. Argentina got one back at 90+3, but could not find the equalizer in the small amount of time afterward. France only held 41 percent of the possession, while each squad fired nine shots with four being on goal. France was called for 21 fouls including three yellow cards.
Cavani guides Uruguay to quarters
A pair of goals by Edinson Cavani were enough to sink Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal by a count of 2-1 in the round of 16. Cavani's first score came in the seventh minute to give Uruguay the advantage, while Portugal managed to tie it up in the 55th minute. Cavani proceeded to score again in the 62nd minute and his squad held on from there. But in a crushing blow, Cavani injured his leg in the second half against Portugal and is doubtful to play today. Uruguay had just 39 percent of the possession last game, while it recorded six shots (three on goal). Portugal registered 20 shots (six on goal). Uruguay was whistled for 13 fouls and none were yellow cards.
France has shown it is grown up this tourney despite some youth on the roster. Talent like Griezmann and Mbappe is shining through with each contest. While Uruguay has been strong and deserves to be in this spot, I don't think it has the firepower to keep up with France. Uruguay is fantastic defensively and boasts arguably the best defender in the world in Diego Godin, but he can only stop so much. I think France has what it takes to move on with a regulation win, especially with Cavani out.
WORLD CUP DAILY PREDICTION: FRANCE +100