Uruguay v France Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

France to break Uruguay resistance

Cavani - Mbappe (Uruguay - France)
Cavani - Mbappe (Uruguay - France) © GEPA pictures

Uruguay v France Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 6th July – 3.00 p.m

Uruguay battled their way past Portugal in the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup and now they will showdown against France for a place in the semi-finals. They are going to have to bring their usual brand of defensive strength and organisation to the table for this one. France had to come from behind to get the better of Argentina in their round of 16 ties, but they did that in emphatic fashion. Our Uruguay v France predictions sees the Europeans taking a step further in the tournament.

Uruguay News and Form

Uruguay have won all four of their matches at the 2018 World Cup and you can’t really find a fault with that. After not conceding in the group stage, they conceded their first goal of the tournament in a 2-1 win over Portugal in the round of sixteen. Edinson Cavani was the hero of the day with both goals, both very good goals at that as well. But Uruguay lost him in the second half with a calf problem so will be hoping that he is fit enough to take part in Friday’s first quarter-final of the tournament. Cavani is a 12/5 odds in the anytime goalscorer market with Luis Suarez at 11/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.). Really Uruguay didn’t excel going forward against Portugal, but they got their rewards from really good breaks. They didn’t really impose themselves on the Portuguese defence at any point. More of the same will probably follow in this one.

Uruguay v France World Cup 2018 Infographic

A low scoring game is probably going to be on the cards because of how strong Uruguay are at the back. In the bet365 correct score market, considering that France are the favourites, you have a 5/1 odds quote on a France 1-0 result* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.). It will be interesting to see how Uruguay face up to the French attack because they haven’t really faced a positive attacking side at the tournament so far. Uruguay pride themselves on being defensively strong and we have seen that at this tournament. Under 2.5 goals is the obvious way to lean for our Uruguay v France predictions. Uruguay are on a seven-match winning streak at the moment with 10 clean sheets in their last thirteen games. They will stick around and cause Les Bleus problems.

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France News and Form

France are probably going to have to exercise some patience in trying to work their way through the Uruguayan defence. That’s not an easy thing to do. But France do have plenty of quality in their ranks of course and they are likely to make it count the longer this game goes on. The half-time draw is at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.) and that is well worth looking at because Uruguay are likely to stay strong and organised early on, but if their legs start going in the second half then that is where things will open up for the French. France never really delivered a convincing display in the group stage but in having to fight back from a goal down against Argentina in the round of sixteen, they turned in the style to produce a 4-3 win. France were second best in possession in the match up, but when it came down to it, their incisive touches of individual brilliance, that is what won it for them.

It was Kylian Mbappe who stood out with his brace to get France the win over the Albiceleste and he is at 11/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.) in the anytime goalscorer market. France are unbeaten in eight games now but they haven’t been without their problems at the back though with only two clean sheets in their last six fixtures. With Cavani and Suarez prowling around on the break for Uruguay, France will just have to be on their toes back there. Both teams have scored in seven of France’s last 10 games which does show vulnerability at the back. But with that said, the pressure of this being a World Cup quarter-final is likely to lead to the game being tight and a both teams not to score option is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.). France have the greater depth on their bench and in the latter stages of this game that could be quite telling.

Uruguay v France Head to Head

France are trailing 1-3 to Uruguay in the head to head with four drawn matches. Low scoring games have been a big feature of meetings between these two and in fact that there has been just the one goal in the last five meetings between them. That was a goal which gave Uruguay a 1-0 win in their most recent meeting, a 2013 friendly. Both teams have scored in just two of the previous eight games between the two nations and six of those eight have ended under 2.5 goals. They have met three times before in World Cup fixtures the first one ending in a 2-1 win for Uruguay the other two playing out to 0-0 draws in the 2002 and 2010 editions. Their last two World Cup meetings have both produced a red card.

Uruguay v France Betting Odds*

France even money
Draw 9/4
Uruguay 7/2

* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.)

Uruguay v France Predictions

Uruguay do struggle to get forward and get up a big head of steam and they may not see much of the ball in this contest against the French. France will have renewed belief after the current around their game against Argentina in impressive fashion and we can see the French finding a way through the well-drilled Uruguay defence. Our prediction is a simple France to win in the match outright.