Something Has to Give when France (Offense) Meets Uruguay (Defense)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:42 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 3, 2018 5:42 PM UTC

France's outrageously talented attack will come up against a stubborn Uruguay defense in the World Cup on Friday, and there is betting value in the goals market.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/" title="Soccer Betting Forum">Friday's World Cup Quarterfinals</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/world-cup/uruguay-vs-france-3391155/" title="Complete Uruguay-France Odds">Uruguay vs. France</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free World Cup: Both Teams to Score</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3391155, "sportsbooksIds":[43,1275,1252,999996,139], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>France will lock horns with a stubborn Uruguay side in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Friday. The Uruguayans have only conceded one goal in four games at this tournament and they are extremely difficult to break down. But now Diego Godin and company will have to contend with an outrageously heavyweight French attack led by the sublime talents of teenaged striking sensation Kylian Mbappe. He will be flanked by the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba, forming a dynamic and powerful frontline that can cause Uruguay all manner of problems.</p><p>It should prove to be a fascinating contest. Not only is Uruguay terrific at the back, they are also blessed with a world-class strike partnership. Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has been dangerous throughout the tournament, scoring twice and generally making a nuisance of himself. Edinson Cavani of PSG scored twice to break Portuguese hearts in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory in the last 16, putting himself in contention for the World Cup Golden Boot.</p><p>Uruguay made short work of Portugal, kept Cristiano Ronaldo quiet throughout and proved good value for their win. They also beat Russia 3-0 in the group stage, and that is quite the achievement, considering Stanislav Cherchesov’s men hit eight goals in their first two games and just got the better of Spain to advance to the quarterfinals. It shows just how strong this Uruguay team is. Godin and Jose Gimenez are the stars at the back, while Suarez and Cavani get all the attention up front, but there is quality all over the team. Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur, Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira and Matias Vecino of Inter are all playing well in the middle of the park. This is a strong and dangerous Uruguay team, and plenty of punters will fancy a bet on them at the long odds of 18/5 with <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>.</p><p>But <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">France might just be the world’s best team on paper</a>. Ousmane Dembele, signed by Barcelona, cannot even get into the starting 11. Excellent players like Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette were left at home. Mbappe is utterly brilliant, and Giroud serves as a strong foil, while it is impossible to leave the magnificent Griezmann out of the side. In midfield, they are extremely powerful, with the fearsome N’Golo Kante lining up alongside Pogba. In defense they have a Real Madrid-Barcelona duo in Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti.</p><p>Didier Deschamps is blessed with a world-class player in virtually every position. But Mbappe is the star of the show. He destroyed Argentina in the last 16, becoming the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup knockout game since Pele in 1958. We all know how that ended. Many people think Neymar will take over as the world’s best player in a post-Messi-and-Ronaldo era, but Mbappe is making a mockery of such projections. He blends ferocious pace with outrageous awareness and dynamism in the box, and he is a brilliant finisher.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Kylian Mbappé scores twice and &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/FRA?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#FRA&lt;/a&gt; has a 4-2 lead.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Mbappé joins Pelé as the only teenagers with a multi-goal game in a &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldCup?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WorldCup&lt;/a&gt; knockout stage match.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;He is the 3rd-youngest player with a multi-goal game at the &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldCup?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WorldCup&lt;/a&gt; behind Pelé (twice) and Manuel Rosas. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/aLVoKzBLSQ\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/aLVoKzBLSQ&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— ESPN Stats &amp;amp; Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/1013082416452460544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;June 30, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/soccer/?leagueId=world-cup" title="World Cup Odds">It is easy to see why France is the even money favorite with Bet365</a> in this game. Yet for all their talents, Deschamps’ men could yet be outdone by Uruguay. It might be better to look at other markets, and "both teams to score" looks interesting at 6/5 with <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>. That might be a curious bet, considering Uruguay has conceded only once all tournament. But they did let that in against Portugal in their last game, and now they have to contend with a strike force that is firing on all cylinders. Meanwhile, the French conceded three times against Argentina but still prevailed in a thriller, so defensive discipline is clearly not their main priority. With Mbappe, Griezmann, Suarez and Cavani on the pitch, it would be a travesty if we did not see goals in this game, regardless of how good the likes of Godin is.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/worldcup2018/" rel="nofollow">Check Out SBR's World Cup Page</a></h2>
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