Quarterfinals: URU vs. FRA
Uruguay vs. France July 6, 2018- 10:00 AM ET (TV FOXS1) Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Kicking off the first of four this weekend for the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals will be a matchup between Uruguay and France in a Friday night clash at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Coming off a huge 2-1 victory over Portugal in which they held the world’s best in Cristiano Ronaldo in check to advance out of the Round of 16, the South Americans with their stifling defense will seek to use that same blueprint that has brought them success to pull off the upset over the favored Frenchmen, who the sportsbooks have at (+100 ML) favorites.
France for their part is coming off a four goal performance against Argentina in what was a classic to pull off the 4-3 win and with it a trip into the quarterfinals. Backed behind a pressing attack with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and 19-year old sensation, Kylian Mbappe, France will seek to exploit any holes they can find in the South American defense as to keep the pressure on. Mbappe was a highlight reel versus Argentina where he scored two goals in one World Cup contest to become the first teenager since 1958 to accomplish that feat.
And it’s that style of play the French will look to sustain as they know Uruguay cannot match the firepower of Les Bleus. In charge for the South Americans in needing to contain Mbappe, defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin will look to utilize their experience in keeping this all-important fixture close.
Uruguay has won eight consecutive games, while France is unbeaten in seven of their own setting up what should be a entertaining game. And with four of the last five contests between these two teams since 2002 ending in goose-eggs, we can expect another close matchup. For sports betting purposes from our best sportsbooks for this URU vs. FRA matchup, MyBookie is favoring France (+100 ML) over Uruguay (+352 ML) with an over/under of 2.0 total game goals scored from 5Dimes. Staying with history, I will favor the UNDER of 2.0 total game goals scored as my best betting pick.