Women’s World Cup 2019, 12th June 8.00pm
This is the big clash of Group A at the women’s World Cup 2019. Hosts France made a thrilling start to the tournament in putting a big win on the board over South Korea. Norway also enjoyed success in their opening fixture which means that whoever comes out on top in this game is going to take full control of the top spot.
Can Norway pull off a big upset or will France continue on with their hot streak of form? The Odds on France Women to beat Norway Women are at 1/3* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)
The French had an easy time of things in their opening game of their 2019 World Cup, as they produced a thoroughly convincing 4-0 success over South Korea. Right from the very start the French were at the throat of their opponents, with France’s fullbacks being constant attacking threats throughout the entire fixture.
Given what they showed in the first game it is easy to see why the French are right up there as the frontrunners to win the title this summer. The four goals that they scored all came from some of their star players. It was Eugenie Le Sommer who opened the scoring before captain and defender Wendie Renard weighed in with a couple.
Another of their star players Amandine Henry completed the scoring. That was just another impressive win in an impressive streak of form that the French are currently on. It is a six-match winning streak that they have put together currently, and in each of those six wins, they produced at least two goals. Across that sequence they collected four clean sheets, conceding just two goals in total.
Just as a nod towards their scoring power that is a total of 22 goals they have scored in their last six games. The defence of Norway is going to be a bit more challenging than what South Korea’s was. This will be the first meeting between France and Norway since a friendly in 2017, which ended in a 1-1 draw. It has been consistently brilliant form from France recently, will they be able to march on to another success? The odds on a Draw/France half time/full time bet is at 13/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)
Sadly Norway don’t have their 23-year-old superstar and Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg. She has refused to play for the country because of what she cites as being unfair treatment to female players by the Norwegian Football Federation. So, unfortunately, the world stage will not enjoy her talents, but Norway did open the tournament with a very good win. It was a 3-0 victory over Nigeria that the Norwegians picked up. That is a total of four wins in their last five games now, going unbeaten in that sequence that Norway have taken. Even without Hegerberg, they still look like a very good side.
Chelsea player Nareb Mjelde is the one which will drive them and keep them taking over. Up front it is the goals of Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland which is likely to keep their tournament going. She was on target in their opening win over Nigeria. In a game against the Africans, Norway netted all three of their goals in the first half of the game. That allowed them to conserve some energy ahead of this much more difficult fixture. Norway are a very versatile side, and you will see them switching tactics probably more so than any other team that will be on display. But will they be able to handle very powerful French side at the moment?
France to win: however you break this down this is a game which France will be expected to win. They will get a much stiffer challenge from Norway they did against South Korea. With that in mind may be worth backing both teams to score, but France still to come out on top. The odds on France Women to beat Norway Women are at* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.)
France v Croatia World Cup 2018, 15th July – 4.00 p.m
Despite having had an easier draw than France have had in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup, Croatia have had a tough time of things. They couldn’t complete a knockout stage match in 90-minutes and so they have had to end up doing a lot of extra work to just reach the final.
But they were written off in the semi finals in taking on England, and yet the Croats still couldn’t be broken. Time and time they have shown resilience and determination and just one more effort now will see them go back home as World Champions. The odds on Croatia to beat France are big, but can they defy them?
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.)
Can Croatia pull off the incredible and win their first ever World Cup Final? Well, there is actually a little bit of history on their side. Of the eight nations to have previously won a World Cup, six of them collected their first (or only) title in their first ever World Cup Final appearance. The odds on Croatia to beat France are 15/4* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 pm) making them underdogs, but they have been in the position of underdogs before at this tournament and have prevailed.
Defying the odds
Croatia were only second favourites to win their group and ahead of the tournament, they were underdogs for their big duel against Argentina during the group stage. Well, Croatia went out, won all three of their group stage games, including a 3-0 demolition job against Argentina to top the pile and defy the odds. That was such a huge moment for them too because it put them down into the easier bottom half of the draw.
They were underdogs for their semi-final match against England as well. That was on the basis that they had needed extra time and penalties to get past Denmark and then Russia in the previous two rounds and that the extra physical toll was going to be too much for them after that. It wasn’t and actually, without a doubt, it was Croatia who finished the stronger and fitter of the two sides, taking a 2-1 win over the Three Lions after extra time.
The Croatians are carrying form and they are undefeated in their last seven games. Despite not really having a world class striker to call on, they have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games (including extra time) which is such a great return from them. They are on a seven-match scoring streak going into the World Cup final and both teams to score is at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) as the Croatians have gone without a clean sheet in their last four games.
There is going to be the big stamina question come up again. They have played extra time in each of their knockout stage games and that’s the equivalent of an extra match played (90 minutes). So they have certainly put in a lot of extra work. France in composition didn’t need extra time in any of their knockout stage games. So will Croatia have enough left in the tank? They will have had a day’s less rest than France as well.
Croatia have a good midfield led by Luka Modric, the king of their Golden Generation. It may, as we saw against England at times, particularly in the first half, be a matter of them just grinding it out. They did a great job of limiting England’s attack and France haven’t shown a tremendous amount of attacking flair at the tournament despite all the talent they have. France look a pragmatic side with midfield strength and there is every chance that they will be lining up with the same formation and therefore each will cancel the other out. That keeps Croatia in this.
The quieter Croatia can keep France, the better off they will be. Croatia are 7/4 odds to Lift The Trophy* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) and that just backs them to get the job done by hook or by crook. They don’t care how they win this. Whether it through another extra time period or even in a penalty shootout (each of the last three World Cup Finals have been to extra time), they are standing on the brink of some pretty huge history.
Croatia have shown that they can stick in there and dig out results. But this will be the best team that they have faced since the group stage and it is not going to be an easy one for them to get the job done in. However, if you are backing the Croatians then there is nothing wrong with a nice 9/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 pm) on a Croatia Draw No Bet.
Croatia made history as they reached their first ever World Cup Final having dispatched England in the semi-finals. The Croats will now step out against favourites France on the weekend in the showcase match to be held in Moscow. Croatia certainly haven’t done things the easy way through the knockout stage, unlike France who have just gotten stronger and stronger. In this tournament which has provided surprise after surprise, is there one more to come, or will France deliver on their 19/20 favouritism* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018)?
France will be heading to the World cup Final on the weekend in Moscow, well rested and full of optimism as they are favourites to lift the trophy. France did not get taken to extra time in any of their knockout stage matches and that is in stark contrast to what Croatia had to go through. So France have remained strong and have actually looked stronger and stronger the longer the tournament has worn on. After a mediocre group stage throughout the knockout phase, we have seen important different strengths from the French.
When they were down in their round of sixteen tie against Argentina, they had the attacking strengths to get themselves back into it. When they had to show patience against Uruguay’s tough defense in the quarter finals, they delivered what they needed to do in order to post a comfortable 2-0 win. Then in the semi-final, they produced what was arguably their most composed performance as they beat Belgium 1-0. While it wasn’t a big scoreline, what France did in the match speaks volumes about them.
Their defensive display, from the back of the midfield to the back line played so well that they totally negated the threat the Belgians, the top scorers at the tournament carried. Considering that Belgium had played so well in beating Brazil in the quarter finals, France simply stood their ground, stood up to their neighbours and just did not let them play. That was such a good defensive play from France it does lead to appeal on France to win to nil in the World Cup Final which is at 7/4 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018).
Perhaps more was expected of France overall in terms of attacking flair at this tournament, but that has, by and large, been on the backburner and they have instead leaned on a pragmatic approach. The flair hasn’t quite been there. It can be argued that with Olivier Giroud leading the line they are aren’t playing their most potent attack. Whatever they are thinking it is working for them as they have now made it to back to back finals in major tournaments. They are favourites to bring home their second World Cup title as well ,adding to their first breakthrough on home soil back in 1998. This is their third final in the last six editions of the tournament (W1 L1).
Croatia have made it to their first ever World Cup final and they are the second smallest nation (behind Uruguay) to have made it to the showcase match. If they were to win this then they would be just the eighth different nation to get the title. Croatia laid down a very early marker at this tournament with some dominant and classy display in the group stage, stroking the ball around nicely and punters really sat up and took notice of this dark horse when they beat Argentina 3-0 in their second match.
They have had to work really hard through the knockout stages of the competition though, needing a penalty shootout to move past both Denmark and Russia in the knockout stages. But their resilience shone through as they had to come from behind in both of those games. They were trailing against England as well in their semi-final but managed to pull it back to 1-1 for the third consecutive match at 90 minutes. In the correct score market a 1-1 draw at 90 minutes is a 6/1 odds option* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018). Thanks to Mario Mandzukic pouncing in extra time, they didn’t need a penalty shootout this time.
So Croatia have shown flair, resilience and strength to create some history for themselves. But they are big underdogs for the World Cup Final now and part of that will not only be down to how good France are but all of the extra work that the Croats have done. They have played an extra 90 minutes during the knockout stage now, the equivalent of an extra game to what France have done. How much will that now take its toll on them? Under 2.5 goals has to be the way to go and that is a 4/9 odds option at bet365* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018). But to be fair to them, they were expected to be second best in terms of energy and stamina against England, but in the second half, they looked the stronger of the two sides. They have certainly been tested. Can they get through this final one?
The two sides are pretty comparable in terms of form. France have lost just one of their last seventeen games now (W12 D4) in a sequence that goes back to the end of August 2018. They are holding on to a ten-match undefeated streak at the moment. The notable facts about France is how good their defence has been. There were one or two question marks about them ahead of the tournament in what department but they have taken five clean sheets in their last six games played. France have conceded more than one goal in just one of their last ten games and going forward they have found the back of the net in all but one of their last fourteen matches.
Croatia in comparison are W8 D4 L2 in their current form (over 90 minutes). They have taken only the two clean sheets in their last seven games though, which doesn’t stack up against France’s defensive strengths. They have scored at least two goals in all but one of their last seven games now (including extra time at the World Cup) and are on a seven-match scoring streak.
This will be the sixth meeting between France and Croatia, with the Croatians looking for their first-ever win against Les Bleus. The last two meetings have both ended in a draw. France and Croatia have met at the World Cup before, their first ever game was at France 1998 which Les Bleus won 2-1 on their way to winning the tournament. Their only other competitive meeting was a Euro 2004 clash which ended in a 2-2 draw.
For our France v Croatia prediction we are expecting a tight game as France don’t look like giving too much up at the back at all. France have really dialled into defensive strengths the longer the tournament had gone on and France to win by a one-goal margin appeals at 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018).
It has been a thoroughly exciting tournament from Croatia and one of great achievement for this golden generation that they have. However, all of that extra time played and having had a day’s less rest than France, may see them fall at the final hurdle.
France v Belgium World Cup 2018, 10th July – 7.00 p.m
Belgium have already knocked out a tournament favourite and they will have to pull off a repeat of that if they want to book their place in the 2018 World Cup Final. The Red Devils produced a stunning first-half display in their quarter-final to get the better of Brazil and now they are going to need to stay dialled-in as they go as underdogs against the French. France are looking more and more comfortable as the tournament progresses but they will know that they have been in a scrap in this semi-final.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.)
Belgium are the top scorers at the 2018 World Cup having netted 14 goals in their five games up to the semi-final stage. When you are scoring as freely as that you can get away with the odd defensive mistake or two. Belgium were nothing spectacular in their group stage at all but they did top their group. After winning their opening two games against Panama and Tunisia, things boiled down to a game against England. Both had qualified and neither looked as if they wanted to win that game because of going into Brazil’s section of the draw.
Belgium did win and it looked as if they may have shot themselves in the foot. Especially when they found themselves 2-0 down in the second half of their contest against Japan in the round of sixteen. Belgium had to just go direct in the game and hit their big men up front to rescue that situation and they managed to eventually turn it around. They avoided extra time in the game when Nacer Chadli slotted home for a 3-2 win in stoppage time. Then came what was supposed to be their watershed. A game against Brazil in the quarter finals.
But Belgium boss Roberto Martinez shook things up. He changed tactics. He changed formation and he changed personnel. It worked a treat as Belgium produced one of the best halves of football by any team at this tournament to take a 2-0 lead at halftime. While they had to dig in during the second half, and Brazil did get one back, the Belgians always looked a threat on the counter attack. There were big games from the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and notably Kevin de Bruyne, who was used in a more forward role for this time during this tournament.
If that is the Belgium that can turn up again as they take on France then they will be a threat in this one. It is a semi-final though at the World Cup and a Belgium 1-0 option is at 17/2 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.). Without question they do have the scoring form as they netted at least three goals in five of their last seven wins. Incidentally, Belgium are on a seven-match winning streak now and the last time they suffered a defeat was way back against Spain in a 2016 friendly international. It is not form to be argued with and they have their match winners in their ranks and we have already named a few.
Romelu Lukaku had his best game of the tournament against Brazil, without even getting on the scoresheet. France’s defence may well come under some pressure from the Manchester United man if he starts putting himself about. Lukaku is at 6/4 odds in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.) for this semi-final showdown. Hazard meanwhile has been one of the best, most consistent performers of all players at the tournament and should be in the running for the Golden Ball.
Of course, Les Bleus are a threat in this one. They have gotten better and better as the tournament has worn on and they have dumped out South American opposition too along the way. They took outArgentina in the round of sixteen and then got past Uruguay. So they are handling themselves well and have so much talent in their squad, more so than Belgium really, that someone is always like to come good for them. If it’s not Paul Pogba, it’s Antoine Griezmann. If it’s not him then Olivier Giroud. If not Giroud and then Kylian Mbappe. They have tremendous options.
However, they looked really average in the opening stages of the tournament. But of the two nations here as well, Belgium are the more likely of the two to not get things together. They have liked disjointed at times, players looking unsure of how to connect with those around them. But the Red Devils got it so right against Brazil that France will have to be worried by what they saw in that game. France have a pretty slick attack as well and we can see goals at both ends so both teams to score is a good option at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.).
France have definitely grown into the competition, but Belgium will have renewed belief after finding a system that infinitely improved their performance levels. That win over Brazil has to have done something big for the Belgians and they should be fearless here and they can really fulfil some potential of getting through to the Final.
Just eight teams remain at the 2018 World Cup and excitingly England are one of those. After their intense and epic success against Colombia in the last round, the Three Lions are in at 4/1 odds to win the tournament outright now, which makes them second joint favourites alongside France.
For being a fairly hefty outside chance at the start of the tournament, England are now in with a realistic shot of at least making the final four and within touching distance of glory. Of the four teams remaining in the bottom half of the draw heading into the quarter-finals, England are the only previous World Cup winners there.
But it is the mighty Brazil who remains the 11/4 outright favourites to win the 2018 World Cup and the only way that England would meet the Selecao now would be in the Final and what an occasion that would be. Here we look ahead to the four quarter-final matches taking place at Russia 2018, with two taking place on Friday and the remaining two, including England’s game against Sweden, being played on Saturday.
The field is about to be cut in half once again who will be left standing?
* (betting odds taken from July 4th, 2018 at 10
And all European tie here for the quarter-finals and the winner of this will move ahead to face the winner of Croatia v Russia. Sweden have had a pretty solid tournament and realistically they probably would have seen a quarter-final place as being an outstanding return for them ahead of the tournament. One of the big assets of Sweden has been their sheer work rate and team unity. In this post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic era Sweden really don’t have a big world-class talisman to look to. But what they do have is a tremendous understanding of their responsibilities as members of a team. They come together so well and we have seen at this tournament how defensively strong they can be having taken a clean sheet in all but one of their fixtures so far. Sweden went up against Switzerland in the round of 16 and produced a 1-0 win but they had a hat full of chances in that game but just lack the quality up front to finish their chances. They did also give up a lot of chances in that game which will give England some hope in this one.
Sweden got through their round of 16 tie in 90 minutes, whereas England had to go through the extra time and then the pressure of a penalty shootout to get past Colombia. There was a lot to enjoy about England’s performance, notably how well they kept their control as the South Americans throughout plenty of spoiling tactics in the game. There are a couple of issues still with England side notably that they are not creating very many chances from open play in their matches, and they still have not collected a clean sheet at the tournament. But they are facing a Sweden side here and don’t have the kind of quality in their forward ranks that England do. The Three Lions have won two of their last three games against Swedes. Situations like this are naturally going to be tense and without question, this looks as if it will be a very low scoring game and chances will probably be at a premium. Set pieces could be the key to producing a winner in this fixture.
Sweden v England prediction
We are rolling with the England 1-0 correct score option at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken from July 5th, 2018 at 7:50 pm) to make it through to the semi-finals. England battled well against Colombia and so nearly got over the line with a clean sheet and in a tight game against Sweden we are just back in the extra quality that England have going forward to make the difference.
Their always looked a reasonable shot that Uruguay would find themselves in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup and here they are having to take on France. The South Americans had a tough battle against Portugal in the last round and although they collected a 2-1 win over the reigning European champions, Uruguay really didn’t get up much of an attacking head of steam at any point in the game. Portugal had the better of things in the second half of the match as well. Uruguay have a tremendous back line and have conceded just the one goal so far at the 2018 World Cup and at the other end of the pitch they have a formidable duo. Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez have scored 98 international goals for Uruguay between them. Cavani though is waiting on his fitness after picking up a calf problem against Portugal, having to come off in the second half. That will be a major blow to Uruguay if he doesn’t make the starting lineup. Again this is a quarter-final of the World Cup and we are expecting another low scoring game here so under 1.5 goals is well worth considering at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken from July 5th, 2018 at 7:50 pm).
France have slowly grown into the tournament and they produced their best football so far in beating Argentina 4-3 in the round of 16. For all of the quality that the French do have in their squad it has been somewhat of a muted experience for them at Russia 2018, not really hitting the heights that have been expected of them. But this is tournament football and it really doesn’t matter as what matters is the result, and they are here in the quarter-finals and a big threat. France had young Kylian Mbappe step up to the plate against Argentina netting a brace for Les Bleus and will just be interesting overall to see what reaction the French have to that win against Lionel Messi and co. Rhat really should have put some extra pep in their step and they will be facing a side here who will be happy enough to sit back against them so France will see plenty of the ball. They may just all come down to a matter of patience for France and finding that touch of creativity to pull themselves through.
Uruguay v France prediction
We see France finding a way to get through this contest but they will certainly be pushed all the way by Uruguay. Without a doubt, Uruguay have a much stronger defence than Argentina had and it would not be a huge surprise if this went to extra time. But we are going to make a call on Uruguay tiring a bit in the second half and that allowing France to strike. A draw/France half-time/full-time option is at 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken from July 5th, 2018 at 7:50 pm).
The Brazilians have looked very untroubled on their path to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup. They did have a couple of struggles early on in the group stage but not being finding themselves under pressure at all, just about them finding the creativity to break through the defences of Switzerland and Costa Rica. Brazil have won their last three games by a 2-0 scoreline now at this tournament and while they look explosive in breaking forward with pace that they have, really the standout feature of that Brazil are portrayed is their defence. Brazil have conceded one goal only in their last nine games and that is going to be a tough thing for Belgium to overcome. Brazil are just so lethal on the break with their pace and they look so strong and solid as a unit and there has been no question about them looking disjointed or anything out of place. They are on a long unbeaten run of form with plenty of wins in the bag and they are justifiable favourites to win this game even though they are not odds-on to do so.
At the start of the 2018 World Cup, you would have probably predicted this Brazil v Belgium quarter-final as both were favourites to win their respective groups. In doing so would have wondered whether or not Belgium, who have the potential to be such an exciting side, would be the ones that could stop Brazil. We will be finding out on the weekend as the two meet up but one of the notable differences between the two sides is how Belgium have looked more like a collection of individuals than a cohesive team. Granted they have unquestionable quality in their ranks and they themselves pose a great threat on the counter-attack. But in between all the goals that they have managed to come up with at the tournament there have been some really poor and disjointed performances such as in their first-half against Panama and during their mighty struggle that they had against Japan in the round of 16. Hitting the panic button is what helped Belgium survive against the blue Samurai but if they get themselves into trouble like that against Brazil and they will find the South Americans far less forgiving. Belgium have their strengths, they are are very solid in defence, they have world-class talent in Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne going forward and they have the big physical presence Romelu Lukaku. Can Belgium piece it all together on the day to cause a huge upset?
Brazil v Belgium prediction
We just do not seem Belgium matching up to the overall quality and team unity that Brazil have. The Belgians have their strengths and qualities but they are prone to churning out the odd slack performance. Brazil will be able to teach them a thing or two about playing as a team and we see the Selecao getting through and they are value in the match outright to do so.
Russia probably never expected to find themselves in the quarter-finals of this World Cup on home soil. A fast start in the group stage saw them comfortably qualify for the knockout phase but they were heavy underdogs in the round of 16 tie against Spain. While the Russians decided to play only a defensive game against Spain, they deployed those defensive tactics ever so well and really negated the threat of the Spaniards over the 120 min played. It all boiled down to a penalty shootout which the Russians held their nerve to win. What will they come up with in this game to try and sedate Croatia? It will probably be more of the same from the Russians because just back in the group stage they lost their final match heavily three-nil against Uruguay so there are defensive vulnerabilities are there. So we are unlikely to see Russia really come out of their shell in this one and under 2.5 goals is at 19/40 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken from July 5th, 2018 at 7:50 pm).
We have seen two sides of Croatia so far at the 2018 World Cup. They were following with confidence and playing some brilliant stuff in the group stage where they won all three of their matches, including that big 3-0 win over Argentina. That was the true potential of Croatia but they decided to keep a lid on all of that as they took on Denmark in the round of 16. Croatia just bottled themselves up and took a far more pragmatic and conservative approach to that knockout stage fixture against the Danes. They managed to pull themselves through by a penalty shootout in the end but that will have been are very be a wake-up call for them that they can’t play like that because there is too much risk inboard. They need to regather themselves and we can see them getting back to their best in this game because they have the midfield that can run the show in this fixture. They do lack a little bit up front but they are likely to carve out some chances to move ahead to the semi finals and end the Russian dream.
Russia v Croatia prediction
We are all over Croatia for this game because we don’t see the Russians having enough to take them down. Russia ran themselves into the ground in their tie against Spain and even though Croatia had extra time in their round of 16 match, the Russians looked worse for wear with the extra period having been played. We are backing Croatia and potentially with a clean sheet as well.
Uruguay v France World Cup 2018, 6th July – 3.00 p.m
After seeing France hit their stride in their round of 16 tie against Argentina, Uruguay will know that they have to bring all of their defensive strength and organisation to this quarter-final tie. France came from a goal down against Argentina to seal their place in the final eight, while Uruguay were hanging on in their second half against Portugal. The odds on France to beat Uruguay sit at even money with bet365* (betting odds taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:22 p.m.).
France even money
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 5:24 p.m.)
Punters finally got to see a good side of France as they fought back in the round of 16 match at the 2018 World Cup against Argentina. Trailing 2-1 in the game, France had to step it up and they did just that producing a 4-3 win. They did concede a lot of possession in the game to the South Americans, but the French looked very lively quick and concise on the break when they had their chances. Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show as he got France’s last two goals in the game to give them the victory.
Mbappe is the 11/2 odds first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:22 p.m.) for this fixture. France are now undefeated in their last eight games and the way that they performed against Argentina will have put some extra wind in their sales because they were a bit flat during the group stage. Now they can really push on but again they will be coming up against a very good Uruguay defence and they may have to be patient. A huge benefit that France have is that they have such a quality bench that they can make a game-changing differences later on in the game.
Uruguay will not have that option. So we can see this being tight early on as Uruguay certainly know how to defend. A draw/France half-time/ full-time option is at 7/2 odds* (betting odds taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:22 p.m.) and that makes for one of our top predictions for the Uruguay v France game. The history between these two suggests that we are in for a very close contest and throw in the fact that this is a high-pressure situation of the World Cup quarter-final, then it is hard to see the goals flying around.
In the last five meetings between France and Uruguay, there has been just one goal and that’s it. The lone goal in that sequence of matches came from Uruguay in their last meeting which was 2013 friendly. So it is hard to expect a lot in this one even with the amount of goal scoring talent that is going to be on the pitch. Both teams not to score, following the trend of form between these two is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from July 2nd, 2018 at 5:22 p.m.) and makes for another of our top Uruguay v France predictions.
A lot of things was expected from France and now they have the chance to build some big momentum and get a step closer to the Final. They will be facing an Uruguay side which is on a seven-match winning streak and who have collected ten clean sheets in their last thirteen games. So that is a suggestion that the South Americans are going to keep things tight in his one and not get rolled over at all. At least in the early stages. Uruguay saw off Portugal in the round of sixteen but saw Edinson Cavani go off injured with a calf problem in the game. So they will be a race to get him fit.
Uruguay are a very tough side to break down and that is just one goal conceded in their last seven games and they pride themselves on their defensive work. They have a tough centre-half pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez. Uruguay did have to work very hard in their second half against Portugal as they were on the back foot for most of it. That could catch up with them in the second half of this contest, but they will turn up and stay as tight as they can from the first whistle and hope to catch France on the break.
We can see the French getting the job done in this one even though they are probably going to have to be patient to get it. It may take some time for them to break down Uruguay but with Uruguay having looked a bit tired at the end of the second half against Portugal, France can take advantage. The odds on France to beat Uruguay are handsome enough to back the Europeans in the match outright.