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Uruguay v France Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

1:00 PM GMT 06/07/2018
Benjamin Pavard France 2018
Boasting a strong defensive record against Les Bleus, Al Hain-Cole is backing Tabarez's men to frustrate their opponents in a tight quarter-final

After their thrilling last 16 victory over Argentina, France will be aiming to overcome more South American opposition when they take on Uruguay in the quarter finals.

Les Bleus ran out 4-3 winners over the Albiceleste at the Kazan Arena, in a match that saw both teams take the lead at least once.

Latest Odds

Having progressed to the next round in four of their previous five quarter final appearances, they are even money (2.00) favourites with dabblebet to make it through once again with a victory in Nizhny Novgorod.

However, Oscar Tabarez's men have won all four of their matches en route to this stage, and are available at 10/3 (4.33) to maintain that run by coming out on top here.

Four of the last five encounters between these sides have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them taking this one into extra-time after another deadlocked 90 minutes.

Team News

Blaise Matuidi is suspended after picking up two yellow cards, meaning Ousmane Dembele could come into a line-up that is likely to otherwise remain unchanged from the Argentina win.

Edinson Cavani is unlikely to start after picking up a calf injury in his match-winning performance over Portugal, although Luis Suarez is expected to be fit despite receiving a knock in training.

Defensive Celeste

Although geographical neighbours, La Celeste are a world away from Argentina in terms of style of play and the challenge they will pose to France.

While Jorge Sampaoli seemed to still be figuring out his best line-up and tactics throughout the tournament, Tabarez's 12 years in command have seen him perfect a formidable team ethic and philosophy.

This style is built on the excellent Atletico Madrid defensive partnership of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who have conceded just one goal in four matches so far this World Cup.

With Cavani set to be out injured, Uruguay are likely to rely more than ever on this platform as they look to frustrate Didier Deschamps' star-studded frontline.

Predictions

Having kept a clean sheet in each of the last five encounters between the teams, odds of 11/8 (2.38) offer solid value on Uruguay ensuring under 1.5 goals.

France were held to a 0-0 draw by Denmark and scored just once from open play versus both Australia and Peru in the group stages, whilst four of these sides' last five meetings have finished 0-0.

Under 1.5 goals at 11/8 (2.38) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet