The opening quarter final of the World Cup sees France taking on Uruguay in a huge clash with the reward for the winners being a place in the semi-final of the tournament next week. The stakes are high now and the best usually step up from here on in.
Uruguay made it into this quarter final by taking care of Portugal in the second round while France went toe-to-toe with Argentina in the match of the tournament and came out on top to book their spot here.
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There are a lot of teams who have been talked about since this tournament begun but funnily enough the chat about Uruguay has quietened down since it got underway. I guess a reason for that could be how poor they looked in their opening two matches but they wouldn’t be the first team to start off slowly and go the course and distance.
Nobody can deny they did not look good in their previous match though and if that was a sign of things to come they should certainly be taken seriously. They have still only conceded one goal in this tournament and that came from a set piece of if they can continue to carve out chances at the other end they are entitled to feel very dangerous.
It appears that in the space of 90 minutes that France have gone from flattering to deceive to being the bees knees but I’m not sure I’m convinced just yet. I think we’ll find out a lot more about them in this match because although they were awesome going forward against Argentina I want to see them up against a tight defence and delivering the goods before I become a believer.
There is no denying that France have the talent to go very deep in this tournament but so far we’ve seen them win a couple of matches in sluggish fashion, draw a nothing game and feast on a defence that is not good enough to be at this level. More of a concern would be the three goals they conceded albeit there wasn’t much they could do with the first one.
Uruguay have major doubts over the fitness of Edinson Cavani who left the last 16 win against Portugal early. He will be a major loss if he is not fit and it could lead to a reshuffle.
France will be without the suspended Blaise Matuidi so Didier Deschamps will be forced into at least one change. Corentin Tolisso stared in his place in the opening game so may come in although Nabil Fekir could be another option.
I’m not convinced by France just yet and I need to see more from them before I start getting convinced. I don’t think they will find as much space and freedom to attack in this match compared to the last one so this is going to be a much tighter and tense affair.
With that in mind I like Uruguay on the Asian lines where we win with a draw and I fancy that could be the overall outcome after 90 minutes. Uruguay have only conceded one goal in the tournament so I don’t see them opening up and in attacking areas they are getting better all the time. If Cavani is out hopefully Stuani is up to speed while Uruguay will also be a threat at set pieces. If Cavani was fit I’d back Uruguay to win but as he isn’t I’ll have the draw on my side too. I’m also going to have Diego Godin on my side. He’ll be a threat at set pieces and at 20/1 he’s a bet to nothing to score anytime.
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